All season, the only team anybody wanted to talk about winning the 2013 NBA Finals was the Miami Heat as there were certain times during the regular season where LeBron James and company seemed unstoppable after finishing the year with 66 wins. Even after they barely escaped the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, everybody saw the Heat as the team to beat in the NBA Finals, but as Thursday showed–nobody should sleep on the San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs came through with the 92-88 victory over the Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals thanks to a strong performance by Tony Parker–who finished the game with 21 points and hit a game-clinching jumper with 5.2 seconds left to give San Antonio a four-point lead. Parker has always been considered one of the league’s top point guards, but the argument can be made he’s never truly received the credit he deserves as he’s proven to be one of the most valuable players on the Spurs.
If there were any doubts about Parker before Thursday–there certainly aren’t anymore.
Throughout the regular season and postseason, everybody kept saying the Spurs were too old to finish as champions this year, but as the last couple of weeks have shown–this team is just dangerous as anyone else in the league. Once again, Tim Duncan–who finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds–showed us that his age shouldn’t be considered a factor as he can still compete with the best and if San Antonio continues to play at this high level–they could be on their way to another title.
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