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Notes, quotes, postscripts from Heat's Game 1 loss

Postscripts from the Heat’s 92-88 loss to the Spurs in Game 1 of the NBA Finals:

### For a team that’s so lethal in transition, forcing just four turnovers simply doesn’t cut it. And after scoring nine fast-break points in the first half, the Heat had none in the second.

The Heat settled into a halfcourt game and simply couldn’t make shots late, certainly not enough of them: 5 for 18 in an agonizing 16-point fourth quarter.

Chris Bosh was 1 for 5 in the fourth, Dwyane Wade 0 for 2 and Mario Chalmers 0 for 1. The Heat’s five fourth quarter field goals came from LeBron (2 for 4), Chris Andersen (2 for 3), and Bosh.

### Ugh: The Heat is now 3-4 in its past seven games after reeling off 46 wins in its previous 49.

### LeBron had a triple double for his second consecutive Finals game, closing with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. That triple double tied him with Rajon Rondo and Larry Bird for third place on the career triple double playoff list, with 10. Magic Johnson has 30, Jason Kidd 11.

This was the third time in the last 20 seasons that a player had a triple double in a Finals loss. LeBron has two of them, Jason Kidd the other.

### LeBron also passed Magic Johnson for 11th place on the career playoff scoring list.

But he scored just eight points on 3 for 7 shooting after halftime.

“I missed some really good looks,” he said. “They did a good job of putting two guys on the ball. When I got the ball, they shrunk the floor and dared me to pass the ball. I know my guys will knock down those shots next game. [Mario Chalmers] had some good looks, but they didn’t go down.

“We went to the fourth quarter with a three-point lead. We had our chances. This is a team you can’t make many mistakes against. We outrebounded them by nine, we had more assists.”

### Replays seemed to show that the refs made the right call allowing Tony Parker’s 16-foot bank shot with 5.2 seconds left. He appeared to launch it with one-tenth of a second left on the shot clock.

“It seemed like a 26-second possession, but they played it all the way through. He was able to scramble and then he just broke through,” Spoelstra said. “He made a tough play, and you have to give him credit for that.”

Said Parker: “It felt forever, too. It was a crazy play. I felt I lost the ball three or four times. It felt good when it left my hand. I was happy when it went in… We got a little lucky in Game 1, but sometimes that’s what it takes. We know they will come back strong in Game 2.”

James defended Parker on that play and for several possessions late. “I knew it was coming,” Parker said. “They were trapping pick and rolls. The key for me in this series is be patient and choose my moments and in the fourth quarter, try to be more aggressive.”

James said: “Tony did everything wrong and then did everything right on the same possession. When he fell over, I said I’m going to try to tie this ball up. He went up under my arm. That was the longest 24 seconds that I’ve been a part of.”

### Besides scoring 11 of his 21 in the fourth, Parker played a terrific floor game, with six assists and no turnovers.

### The Heat probably could have gotten a better shot than Bosh’s missed three with 1:02 left and the Heat down four. 

“We’ll take those shots. He was making them,” Spoelstra said. “The loose balls, offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter really hurt.”

### James, Chalmers, Allen and Mike Miller all committed fourth quarter turnovers. “We had uncharacteristic turnovers and didn’t get organized and the ball didn’t go where it needed to go,” Spoelstra said.

“We had some empty possessions and it cost us. We could live with some of the actions we got going down the stretch.

“We’ve been in every situation during the year. That’s not an excuse. We just didn’t execute, and they did. It came down to a handful of possessions. Whoever makes those plays wins the game and they did.”

### More Spo: “We defended them OK. They shot 42 percent. They take care of the ball. But our turnovers in the fourth quarter, and a couple of those loose balls really hurt us.”

### Wade looked good in a 13-point first half (the most he had scored in a half of a playoff game this postseason) but scored just four in the second half on 2 for 7 shooting. What went wrong offensively in the fourth?

“We missed a lot of shots – that’s a very good defensive team, and that obviously had something to do with it,” Wade said. “We looked like a team that came off a seven-game series. They’re a very good team, no matter who comes in.”

James said he could see on teammates’ faces that were fatigued. The Spurs, who had been off since the previous Monday (11 days ago), “looked like they were rested in the fourth quarter,” James said.

### And Bosh also struggled late, closing 6 for 16 on a 13-point night, making him 17 for his last 50. His rebounding numbers remained underwhelming (five).

### Parker called Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole “two of the best defenders at the point guard position. They’re aggressive, making it difficult.” But the Heat went without a natural point guard for the final 3:30.

Chalmers shot just 3 for 10 and had just two assists on an eight-point night.

### Tim Duncan opened 0 for 5, primarily against Udonis Haslem, but then scored 12 in the second on Bosh, Chris Andersen and Joel Anthony.

But Duncan said four of his five early misses were shots he normally makes. “I know enough about them and I’ve prepared enough for them,” Duncan said. “Nothing really changes on how I attack.”

Duncan rallied from the slow start to finish with 20 points and 14 rebounds.

### Because of foul trouble, Spoelstra went 11 deep in the first half. Miller entered before Shane Battier and played more minutes (17 to Battier’s six). Miller scored five (2 for 3 shooting), with four rebounds. Battier shot 0 for 3.

### The 12 combined turnovers – four by the Spurs, eight by the Heat – tied the record for fewest turnovers in a playoff game.

### The Heat also trailed last year’s Finals, 1-0. But that loss was on the road in Oklahoma City.

“They’re going to be hungry to try to get two,” James said. “We have to come back with a Game 2 plan that’s better and even the series.”

Teams that have won Game 1 of the Finals are 47-19 in the series.

But this is encouraging: The Heat has lost Game 1 of a playoff series three times in the Big Three era. They’ve gone on to win the next four games in all three of those series.

And overall this year, Miami has won 10 in a row after a loss. 

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Poo Poo Platter

Heat Are In Big Trouble. They Needed To Win Both Games At Home Due To The 2-3-2 format

rboud

Whether is's fatigue or something else, Bosh and players other than Wade and LeBron have to make more of the open looks they get with all the attention paid to those two. It's as simple as that. You can't win a Championship when players who are basically unguarded are making less than 1 in 3 open shots. This series will be won or lost based on how these guys shoot these open looks.

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