Rookie Shabazz Napier had 25 points, including four free throws in the final minute, and Miami held on for a 111-108 overtime victory over San Antonio on Saturday night in the teams’ first meeting since the Spurs routed the Heat in the NBA Finals.
Several collectors participated in an online auction for the Game 1 jerseys worn by Heat and Spurs players. The jersey worn by James drew the most attention, with the winning bidder spending $50,020 to take home the historical piece from NBA Auctions.
LeBron James headed to the Bahamas on vacation, Chris Bosh is on a world tour with his family and Dwyane Wade posted a photo of a new backpack suggesting he was ready for some offseason getaways as well.
If the polling for NBA Finals MVP was being done before Game 5, no one from the star San Antonio trio of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili would have led the balloting.
The Miami Heat travel to San Antonio hoping to bring the series back to Miami.
The Spurs are old. Tim Duncan is 38, Manu Ginobili is 36, Tony Parker is the youngster in San Antonio’s star trio at 32.
Following their win in Game 2 of the NBA Finals the Miami Heat left San Antonio with exactly what they had been hoping for, a split of the first two games. Now the Heat return to Miami and begin preparing for the Game’s 3 and 4 of the Finals to be played at the American Airlines Arena.
The Miami Heat returned to the practice court on Monday for the first time since their clinching win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals last Friday night.
Tim Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed against the Miami Heat, weathering a sluggish third quarter for an intense and emotional 111-87 victory Thursday.
Manu Ginobili ran onto the floor as fans stood and screamed. He went to the bench, and they chanted his name. The sights and sounds of so many San Antonio spring nights were back Sunday — and the real party might be just a few days away.