Friday , Jun , 08 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan and Tony Parker dictated the
offense and San Antonio’s defense put the clamps on LeBron James, holding the
superstar Cavalier to 14 points, as the Spurs beat Cleveland, 85-76, in Game 1
of the NBA Finals. James, who came into the game averaging 25.8 points in
the postseason while leading the Cavaliers to their first Finals appearance
in franchise history, went 4-of-16 from the field. He missed his first
eight shots from the floor and had six of his points in the final quarter,
but the Cavs were behind by double digits most of the fourth. Parker had 27
points and seven assists, while Duncan totaled 24 points, 13 rebounds and
five blocked shots for the Spurs, who are going after their fourth NBA
championship in nine seasons. Daniel Gibson had 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting
for the Cavaliers, who also got 14 points from Drew Gooden and 13 from
Sasha Pavlovic. However, Cleveland couldn’t deal with San Antonio’s tenacious
defense, as the Spurs swarmed James nearly every time he tried to drive to the
basket. Bruce Bowen, San Antonio’s defensive stopper, was mostly
responsible for holding James in check, as the Cavs star had six of his
team’s 12 turnovers. Game 2 of this best-of-seven series is Sunday night in
San Antonio.