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.
Tony Parker’s hamstring, not Dwyane Wade’s knee, is the current chief injury concern.
Dwyane Wade has never gone the distance in three previous NBA Finals trips.
Miami Heat owner Micky Arison had a message as he walked to the winning locker room.
Gregg Popovich sent his best players home, deciding they reached the end of the road before the trip was over.
The NBA plans to make San Antonio pay for resting four stars.The Miami Heat almost could not.