Green shoots of recovery lifts Spurs over Heat

Fri Jun 6, 2014 2:18am EDT
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By Steve Ginsburg

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Some torrid fourth-quarter shooting led by Danny Green lifted the San Antonio Spurs to a come-from-behind 110-95 victory over the Miami Heat in the opening game of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

    Green scored 11 of his 13 points in the final period as the Spurs hit 14-of-16 shots, including all six from beyond the arc, turning a seven-point deficit into a runaway victory.

    In the final quarter, Green made all three of three-point attempts to key a 31-9 run to end of the game.

    Tim Duncan, who led the Spurs with 21 points, said taking care of the ball made the difference down the stretch. San Antonio had 22 turnovers but was dazzling when it counted.

    "We took care of the ball finally," he told reporters. "We had 20-some odd turnovers for 28 points. The last seven or eight minutes we only turned the ball over once or twice.

    "Getting them out of the passing lanes, keeping them in front of us, making them score over us, and we found something that worked on the offensive end.

    "We started moving the ball and Danny Green got hot and hit a couple of shots and really opened it up for us."

    LeBron James paced the Heat with 25 points but played only five minutes in the final quarter due to leg cramps.   Continued...

June 5, 2014, San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Andersen (11) shoots the ball against San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) in game one of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Gay/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports