Final Score: Spurs lose thriller, 98-96

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James led the Heat to victory with a monster performance. He put his team on his back and finished with 35 and grabbed 10 rebounds. This is going to be a long series.

The Spurs came out of the gate at a full sprint, pushing the pace, and their passing was sublime. Nine of the first 10 baskets the Spurs made were assisted and the Spurs took a 26-19 lead heading into the second quarter.

One minute into the second the Spurs took a 30-19 lead after a Manu Ginobili triple before going cold. Miami went on a quick 9-0 run before Boris Diaw put back his own miss. The Spurs blew an opportunity to open the game up, missing everything for six minutes, and the Heat took a 34-33 lead after a LeBron James make. The rest of the half was back and forth and ended in a tie game at 43.

The third quarter was tightly contested and the Spurs took a 78-77 lead into the final quarter. LeBron James was incredible during the period, going 6-7 from the field including two triples.

Then a thrilling fourth quarter where the teams couldn't get any separation. Tony Parker, after being elbowed in the gut by Mario Chalmers, missed two free throws, and Tim Duncan missed a pair of his own right after. Missed opportunities killed the Spurs. It took 11:51 for the Heat to extend the lead past a single possession with a wide-open layup for Dwyane Wade. On the Spurs' last possession they wasted too much time before getting a shot off and were not able to play the foul game.

The Heat tie the series and take home court advantage.

It stands at 3.

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