By Ritchie Totten — LeBron James showed his championship mettle — leading Miami out to a 16 point lead in the first quarter — James scoring 17 points himself in the first. Then the Spurs — ever the Spurs — played Spurs ball. Miami lost a half-step off their frenzied defense — Spurs moved the ball, got the good shots, and Manu Genobili and Kahwi Leonard played lights out — and presto chango — Spurs up 7 points at half — and looking for more! Half-time score — 47-40.
The Second Half. All Spurs! Nothing Miami could do could slow down San Antonio. Tony Parker could hit nothing offensively in the first half, but his speed, deceptiveness, his passing and play making kept the big machine rolling — then suddenly he was on fire as well and hit five shots in a row — and San Antonio rolled into the NBA Championship like a cross between an avalanche and a stampede. Great tribute to Coach Popovich and the “big fundamental” Tim Duncan. Manu Ginobli also had a “back to the future” game in a “back to the future” series– for him. Beautiful basketball. Great run! Spurs win it — 104-87!