The 2013 NBA Finals has been talked up around the sporting world, and tonight game one lived up to all of the excitement and talk. There were many exciting story lines in the game, but there is one important one to mention. Tony Parker single handedly led the San Antonio Spurs back against the Miami Heat and LeBron James’ triple-double performance.
Yeah, King James dominated the boards with 18 rebounds, had 10 assists, and scored 18 points, but he didn’t step up late and lead Miami like he did against the Indiana Pacers. However, Parker came up in the clutch and slowly but surely led the Spurs from behind.
Parker had 21 points in the game and added six assists, but he scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter alone. Towards the end of the game, Parker’s spin move and circus move like lay-up exploded social media. Many including myself don’t know how he made the contested shot, but it doesn’t need any explanation.
Parker found a way to score when the need game. His counterpart LeBron couldn’t seem to replicate his “Cleveland days” and take over the game.
In game 1 of the NBA Finals, there was a decisive difference: Tony Parker and his clutch gene. San Antonio couldn’t buy a three pointer in the second half, but that didn’t matter because Parker picked up his A game and led the Spurs to 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals.
If game one is any indication for the rest of the NBA Finals, this series should be action-packed and filled with many close games. So far though, it is Tony Parker 1 and LeBron James 0.