The Finals Stat: Game 1

VIDEO: Spurs Light It Up In 4th

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 110-95 in Game 1 of The Finals on Thursday. One stat stood out from the rest as the Spurs took a 1-0 series lead.

The Game 1 basics
Pace 94.8 94.8
OffRtg 101.2 115.0
EFG% 55.1% 68.4%
OREB% 17.1% 18.5%
TO Ratio 19.2 24.0
FTA rate 0.141 0.324

The stat


The Spurs’ effective field goal percentage in the fourth quarter.

EFG% = (FGM + (0.5 * 3PM)) / FGA

The context

The Spurs got more than two points per shot in the fourth quarter, turning what was a seven-point deficit (after Chris Bosh converted a four-point play with 9:38 left) into a 15-point win. It had been the Heat who were dominant offensively in the fourth quarter over the last two rounds, but on Thursday, San Antonio scored 36 points on just 20 fourth-quarter possessions.

The Spurs drew a loose-ball foul on Dwyane Wade on one of their misses, and followed that up with a 3-pointer. So, on only one of their 20 possessions did they not score (15) or turn the ball over (4).

Twelve of the 14 buckets were assisted and 15 of the 16 shots were either from the paint or from behind the 3-point line. Danny Green shot 4-for-4 (3-for-3 on threes), Tony Parker shot 3-for-4, and Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter all shot 2-for-2.

Spurs fourth-quarter shot chart

Did LeBron James‘ absence have something to do with it? Sure. They outscored the Heat 33-12 in 10:09 with James off the floor in the second half. But the Spurs’ fourth-quarter run started before he left the game with 7:31 left and they still had to make the shots they were given.

And they made all but two of them.

Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
EFG% = (FGM + (0.5 * 3PM)) / FGA
OREB% = Percentage of available offensive rebounds obtained
TO Ratio = Turnovers per 100 possessions
FTA Rate = FTA / FGA


  1. Garron near Washington Square says:

    I got the Spurs in 6 games. Sorry, unless Miami finds a way to get better looks, and keep up with the Spurs pace, I just don’t see it. Miami looked tired all through the playoffs,. and this just reminds me of the 1995 Houston Rockets with Hakeem and Clyde getting it done against the youngsters! The Spurs are just tooo deep…GINOBLIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!

  2. dee35 says:

    stop with all them what ifs…….the fact of the matter is the HEAT lost game one in an unusual circumstance that can be looked at different ways now let’s see how the respond on sunday to that lost goes then we can have a real sense on how long this series is gonna be.
    if you’re a spurs fan it’s normal for you to see the fourth quarter as a blowout….and if you’re a heat fan it’s ok to think lebron on the floor in crunch time could have been the difference making. either way spurs are up one let’s wait for the next toss up and see who’s way the ball gonna bounce…..untill then FANS from both camps relax it’s only one game. SPURS been there before won game one and still lost to the heat….and the HEAT been there before down one and come back and win it all.

  3. Tony C says:

    I’m going with the Heat in 5 games (Maybe 6). Last night, it looked like the heat had slowly taken over the game, and it looked like San Antonio was in for a long two days. But then Lebron started cramping up because of the hot arena, which was when the Spurs started to gain momentum. And then when Lebron’s body shutdown, that Spurs momentum continued until the end. And, you can bet that Chalmers won’t have another bad foul plagued game like last night.

    Heat win the Finals in 5 (maybe 6).

    • YoYo says:

      LoL, an evenly matched series go to only 5? The Spurs won’t have as much turnovers as they did in Game 1. A lot of it wasn’t even forced by the Heat defense.

      • Tony C says:

        Last years Finals were evenly matched. It has yet to be determined how this years finals will play out. The Heat could very well beat San Antonio today and then take two on their home court (3-1) and then finalize at San Antonio.

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  6. D says:

    Wow, it never surprises me that such idiotic comments are placed on every Heat related topic regarding biased referring, etc, etc.

    Splitter quite clearly FLOPPED. Yes, Lebron fouled him but Splitter was going for an Oscar!!

    As a Heat fan I can admit Spurs won fair and square. The lack of AC in the arena affected everybody on both teams so can’t be used as the only reason for the L.

    Spurs had a bad game for 3 Qs with turnovers and that was down to the Heat’s D. That D will still be there in Game 2 and beyond. Spurs FG% in last few minutes of the game were crazy and even Spurs fans can’t expect that to happen every game!

    • Nick says:

      If, “Lebron clearly fouled him” as you said, then Splitter didn’t flop. A flop is when a player acts like there was contact to incite the refs. You are correct, Lebron clearly fouled him. Besides there was plenty of contact on both sides that went uncalled by the refs. Additionally, we must not have seen the same game because many of the Spurs turnovers were not driven solely by the Heat’s D. Both teams are great defensive teams – that’s why they are in the finals, so turnovers may be higher than normal, but if I were a Heat fan I would be worried that my team couldn’t capitalize with a win against a team that committed so many turnovers!

      • Mike says:

        I totally agree with you, Nick. Those high turnovers (23) has not been common by the Spurs…. Once they handle the ball better, Miami will be in much more trouble. Go Spurs Go!

  7. Spursfanforever says:

    Spurs should have won it last year in Game 6. Ginobili was clearly fouled by Allen and almost took his arm off in the dying seconds of the game. Remember he is a leftie protecting the ball when Allen grabbed his right arm. Refs clearly helped the Cheat win the championship. Talking about the Game 1 today with or without Lebron Spurs will win it anyway. Stop making excuses Miami Cheat Fans. You look like cry babies like your media manufactured MVP Lecramp James. No wonder he has no sodium in his body as his favourite past time is crying.

  8. D Stern says:

    L. James has knocked down T. Splitter but no F. foul is called. It’s unfair, if someone do the same to L. James, F. foul must be called and the one must be suspensed one game or more! So, James must be suspensed at least one game on knocking down Splitter! The NBA always wanted the Heat to win and helps James to built the KING dynasty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. willroll says:

    miami will win in 6!

  10. El Stone says:

    Anyone who says the Spurs’ win was tarnished by the A/C going out is a fool. It affected all the players equally and LeBron was apparently the only player who was so poorly conditioned he couldn’t take it. Even the 38 year old Duncan played through it. Ginobili’s bald spot was actually steaming and he didn’t seem to have a problem playing.

    I guess steroids do not mix well with heat.

    And it wasn’t even that hot. It could have easily been 102 in Texas in June. Lucky it was only 90 degrees that day.

    • Brad T says:

      You could fry an egg on Ginobli’s bald spot LOL

      And Duncan, old man that everyone says he is, looked very unaffected by the temperature, maybe from his years on the Islands…

  11. prahumac says:

    spurs are gonna crush the heat for sure this time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. thespectator says:

    the one time the big 3 lost in the finals they won game 1. just sayin …they lose game 2, its a wrap.

  13. rusty says:

    REASONS…… obviously the referee swallowed there whistle when it is Miami’s ball position..just a touch and the whistle blow…on the other hand.. when it’s SA ball position, every foul and illegal screen set from Miami is not being called.. Pathetic… we are not idiot not to understand what is happening.. let the game play it’s way..and not let the referee control the game…Miami in 6…. Miami will win next game… as usual after Lebron will comment about figuring things out next game.. tsskkkkk…..fishy…

  14. vettegrl07 says:

    Glad to see Vangundy is on lebrons payroll…Its almost sad that society and the media can compare Lebron to Jordan and Kobe…You would never see either of them act like Lebron!!

  15. bf1900 says:

    And by Spurs standards they played a bad three quarters.Wait till they clean up their game, another blowout..

  16. brad says:

    Spurs in 7! So much for LeBron and Serena.

  17. Saeed says:

    I don’t care about stats. If LeBron was in the game, Heat could take game 1 and Spurs won’t be able to make 14 out of 16. This shows how important James to his team is. LeBron Healthy and we have Heat in 6. Spurs are not as strong as they were expected to be. LeBron healthy, Dwade and Lewis are the difference. Oden might help on Duncan but I doubt.

    • nbafaninsc says:

      Different spurs players made those shots in the 4th quarter, Lebron could not have guarded everybody, alot of those were outside shots. IF Lebron is healthy D Wade is the difference?? D Wade and Bosh, and or no one else stepped up when Lebron went out, PERIOD. Funny how the spurs managed to put OKC with the MVP without Parker in the WHOLE second half.

      • 4xPlusMvpsPlusRings+Final Mvps says:

        Fact is: none could buy a bucket until Lebron. Danny green was zero for like 12 prior ton Lebron departure. Only Ginobli was able to make shot beyond the arc. Enjoy the bonanza while it last. Lebron will be back Miami in 6

      • nbfaninsc says:

        No one could buy a bucket?? Did you see the game dude??? They were on a run before Lebron went out, this very article has the link to ALL their shots in the 4th quarter, they penetrated the paint with Lebron right there besides the 3 point clinic they put on.

  18. TeCh says:

    Spurs in 6!

  19. Patrick says:

    MIami iin 4??? LMAO, I wish I could remember the guy’s screen name that said that…:) I guess the Spurs can play afterall, LOL…

  20. Tony Cooper says:

    Rather ironic that the Heat got beat……. because they couldn’t stand the heat. Let’s re-name the ATT Center, and call it “The Kitchen”. So Miami….. especially LeBron…… if you can’t stand the heat……don’t go there!