Its a great performance, Spoelstra said, scoffing at a question that James wasnt being aggressive enough. Weve been in this fishbowl now for three years. That doesnt really make sense that he wasnt being aggressive. Hes creating opportunities for us. It just might not be in the way youre accustomed to.
Meanwhile, the Spurs were struggling through their own problems. Tim Duncan finished the game 3 of 13 from the field and the Spurs Big 3 of Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili combined to score 23 points.
We had basically no shot at winning a game against them if none of us played good, so weve got to step up and play better, Ginobili said of the Spurs Big 3.
Said Duncan: Im getting the shots I want. Ive just got to knock them out.
Danny Green led the Spurs with 17 points, going 6 of 6 from the field and 5 of 5 from three-point range. San Antonio shot 41 percent from the field and had 17 turnovers. In Game 1, San Antonio committed just four turnovers.
Missing shots, not shooting well and turning it over are a bad combination, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
Dwyane Wade had 10 points, shooting 5 of 13 from the field to go along with six assists, and Chris Bosh had 12 points on 10 shots. Bosh also had 10 rebounds, giving him an important Finals double-double. Chris Andersen finished with nine points, including seven points in the first half.
I think the supporting cast is really why both teams are here, James said. Theyve been making an impact all year long, and they feel like their supporting cast is better. We feel like our supporting cast is better. Its who goes out and do it each and every night to help seal wins.