Playing With A Sense Of Urgency, Miami Provides First Blow
After trailing the first four contests after one period, the Heat came out with a sense of purpose and urgency that wasn’t matched until the final 5:00 of the first quarter.
Led by their five Game 5 starters- Ray Allen (five points), Chris Bosh (13 points), LeBron James (31 points), Rashard Lewis (three points) and Dwyane Wade (11 points)- Miami found themselves ahead 22-6. In fact it wasn’t until the last 20 seconds of the first that someone else scored, Norris Cole (two points).
The Spurs though got into gear following a 1-for-12 start. San Antonio clanked their first six field goals until Leonard nailed a 3-pointer. A 9-1 Heat spurt however put the Spurs in their biggest deficit of the NBA Finals at 22-6.
As you might expect, San Antonio responded with a 12-0 run to pull within four. After a Manu Ginobili (19 points) and-one, Ginobili, Kawhi and Patrick Mills (17 points) sank 3s to account for 12 unanswered by the Spurs. Still, Miami led 29-22 following one.