MIAMI (AP) — A triple-double wasn’t enough for LeBron James.
And for the second straight year, the Miami Heat lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
James finished with a sensational final stat line, finishing with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. But while he did plenty of everything, the Heat simply needed more scoring. Miami managed only 36 points in the second half, wasting what was as much as a nine-point lead, and the Heat lost the home-court edge in the finals by falling to the San Antonio Spurs 92-88 on Thursday night.
The Heat shot 44 percent, and were 8 for 25 from 3-point range. They were far from at their best offensively, and forced only four turnovers all night — a horrible sign for a team that feasts upon getting easy baskets off their opponents’ mistakes.
And with Game 2 not until Sunday, it means there will be two days of the inevitable question: Did James defer too much in favor of trying to make what most would consider the correct basketball play?