NBA Finals Game 5 First Quarter Recap

By Dave Martin, Epoch Times
June 16, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

First quarter recap: Spurs 32, Heat 19.

The Spurs went small to start the game to match up better with the Heat, which have had Mike Miller start in place of Udonis Haslem the past two games. Ginobli, who has averaged just 7.5 points per game this series, hit a long two-pointer on the opening possession as the Spurs were the aggressors from the opening tip. The former sixth-man of the year had seven points by the end of the quarter.

San Antonio, as a team, hit each of it’s first four shots from the field in a frenetic-paced first several minutes of the period. An aggressive Tim Duncan scored seven points, while Tony Parker looked nothing like a player with a strained hamstring in putting up seven points of his own.

Meanwhile, Dwyane Wade has continued his aggressive play from Game 4 with eight points, four of off free throws, as well as three assists. LeBron James put up seven points as Miami’s ‘Big Three’ scored 17 of the team’s 19 points.

San Antonio ended the quarter on a 15-2 run to turn a 17-all tie into a 13-point lead at the end of the opening quarter.