By Matt McCoy
Guard Tony Parker looked a little like Curly Neal in the late stages of game one of the NBA finals...only he's not a member of the Globetrotters and he wasn't playing the Washington Generals.
Parker led the San Antonio Spurs to a 92-88 win over the Miami Heat by scoring 10 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter. The biggest basket of the game was spectacular.
Leading 90-88, the Spurs worked the shot clock--giving the ball to Parker. He dribbled on the perimeter, then drove through the Miami defense to the baseline where he turned and fell down but maintained his dribble. With LeBron James bearing down, Parker stood up, ducked under James arm and banked in a double-pump leaner as the shot clock expired to make it 92-88 with five seconds left. It iced the game, giving the Spurs a one game lead in the series.
"It was a crazy play. I thought I lost the ball like three or four times," Parker said. "It didn't work out like I wanted to but at the end I was just trying to get a shot up. It felt good when it left my hand and I was just happy it went in."
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What a Voice
As good as the Parker play was, the most impressive moment in game one came before tip-off when 12-year old Julia Dale beautifully belted out the National Anthem. She's been singing the Anthem at various Heat games for three years and I can see why. It was breath taking to hear such a big voice come out of a such a little body. Check it out.