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Tony Parker nearly loses ball, drops to his knees, makes game-clinching jumper (video)

Jun 6, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT

Down to possibly their last possession of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Spurs put the ball in Tony Parker’s hands with a two-point lead.

Parker began the possession with LeBron James guarding him, but on a switch, Parker got a much more favorable matchup with Mike Miler. Parker couldn’t (or wouldn’t if he were trying to take time off the clock) take advantage then or once Chris Bosh switched onto him.

Eventually, with LeBron back on him, Parker nearly lost the ball, dropped to his knees while keeping his dribble alive, spun around, rose and released the jumper just before the shot clock expired.

Parker’s basket – upheld after review – with 5.2 second remaining gave the Spurs a 92-88 lead, which proved to be the final score.

  1. bucrightoff - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Clearly Jedi Master of the bank shot Tim Duncan has taught Tony well.

  2. goraidersgospurs - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Only one game, still a lot of work to be done, to many wide open miss 3s & can someone please block out Bron from grabing rebounds. I see a lot of yelling in the spurs next practice!!!

    • apmn - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      Yeah, the Spurs didn’t play as well as they did against the Grizzlies, and I’m thinking that a big part of their 4th quarter advantage may have been because they were simply more rested than the Heat. Happy as a Spurs fan but I know they will need to play better to win this series.

  3. jhuck92 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    That shot took balls, something rare for the French.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      How did that shot take balls? He had to shoot it since the shot clock was expiring..

      Regardless, what a crazy play..

      Chalmers can’t guard Parker, as a Mavs i have seen him dismantle our team over and over..lets see if spolstra adjust to pop..

      Heat let the spurs go into their sets too easily.

  4. jackntorres - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Forget about the light. The ball was out of his hand and there was still 0.1 on the clock. Spurs had awesome defensive energy in the 4th.

  5. sellahh - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Miami will still win 4-1 with a backdoor sweep with an average margin of victory of 20+ pts. U saw what happened to Bulls?
    *unjinxing the retards*

    • jhuck92 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      The Bulls were injured, dumbass. And they still put up a fight.

    • dnbajunkie - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:06 AM

      No comparison at all, the Bulls were playing without their key players. The Spurs are full strength, battle tested and have the best point guard in the league not to mention championship pedigree.

  6. scmems07 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Hey flo rida, guess there goes the sweep ….. stick to making money off horrible music.

  7. northstarnic - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Unbelievable! The heat looked like they were in control for much/most of the game. Spurs were struggling with their shots. But the spurs just kept it close and in the fourth quarter stole the game with excellent TEAM ball. That and tony Parker is ruthless!

  8. valeb2012 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    LeBron can defend 5 positions. Oh wait, he guarded all 5 starters at points tonite and he couldn’t defend any of them: Duncan shot/tipped over him, Splitter hooked on him, Green drained a 3 on him, Leonard drove right past him, and Tony Parker owned him…in the 4th quarter. But he can still guard 5 positions.

    • moseskkim - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      Ur gonna copy and paste that on every finals story? Lol. Just wanted to point out 0 turnovers for Parker. Wow.

      • valeb2012 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:30 AM

        I just might. I just despise everyone who says he can guard 5 positions. Stupid. Let’s see him switch onto Duncan for a quarter.

    • brutl - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      How many other articles you gonna copy/paste this on?

      • valeb2012 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:36 AM

        Never done it before. I’ll stop after this series.

      • valeb2012 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:38 AM

        If this series comes down to 4th quarter execution, I have more confidence in Popp and Duncan and TP, not Spoelstra and Bosh and Wade. Lebron can’t do it alone.

    • kavika6 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:13 AM

      I can speak a few words in about 20 languages but that doesn’t make me fluent, or a genius. Same goes for Lebron’s defensive skills.

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Lets just say Pearl Jam Radio will be a big part of my next two days.

    • explosionsauce - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:36 AM

      Absolutely the best xm/Sirius station.

  10. livingsacrifice86 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    This is gonna be a great series. But I don’t think Lebron signed with the heat to play out of his mind and still lose. These spurs are for real

    • pl4tinum514 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      It’s fine to rack up a triple double, but try to get some points when the game’s on the line. Nobody cares about the first three quarters.

  11. timb12 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    I’m going to believe that Parker did all that dribbling just so he could hit it on Lebron. I know that’s not the case, but it’s what I’m choosing to believe.

  12. chargerdillon - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:40 AM


    Why are the Heat looking for open 3’s rather than playing dominant physical basketball. I love Lebron despite being a Lakers fanboy, and I’m rooting for the Heat all the way.

    From what I saw tonight, if the Heat don’t totally change and get physical in the paint, this series in done in 4.

    That being said, the Heat will adjust.

  13. reggiebush21 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Lebron is NOT a closer. He is suppose to be the best player on the planet, but he is NOT a leader. He is no Michael Jordan!!!!

  14. money2long - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    sorry lebron. maybe next time. im so happy i don’t have a horse in this race, so i can just sit back and enjoy nice basketball ! i have a feeling lebron may be in for a rude awakening, if game 1 wasn’t already an indication …

  15. zzr600guy - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    The Heat are becoming more like the 03-09 Cavs where LBJ has to do everything, and I love it!

    • d57fan - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:37 AM


  16. chicagofan - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Wow! Miami is in trouble –big difference at crunch time when you have a true point guard to defend. Miami faced Gorge Hill and Nate Robinson in their previous series and both are really small #2 guards. They could press and trap them into mistakes, but Tony Parker is the prototype point guard who can shot well enough and hold on to the ball . He also knows how to get the ball to Duncan in the paint, which Hill could not do effectively and it was painful to watch the Heat use Haslem on Hibbert and get away with it. Popovich is a great coach , who won’t let them get away with that in this series. Spurs in 6 or 7.

    • d57fan - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      I can wish for that but I have seen the Heat adapt and adjust too many times to believe it until it happens.

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