Posted June 07, 2013

Video: Spurs’ Tony Parker slips, then hits game-sealing jumper to defeat Heat in Game 1

2013 NBA Finals, Ben Golliver, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Tony Parker

It’s difficult to imagine a shot with a higher degree of difficulty than the game-sealing jumper Spurs guard Tony Parker hit to deliver a 92-88 victory over the Heat in Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday.

On the road? Game-deciding time/score situation? Check. Lose control of the ball? Check. Get trapped in the corner? Check. Fall down, nearly all the way to the court? Check. Get swarmed by All-Defensive First Teamer LeBron James? Check. Shot clock ticking below a second? Check. Double-clutch to create space? Check. Bank it in? Check. Roll it around the rim for good measure? Check. Check. Check.

Parker did all of that and more to put San Antonio over the top in a back-and-forth Game 1.

“It was a crazy play,” he said. “I thought I lost the ball three or four times. And it didn’t work out like I wanted it to. At the end I was just trying to get a shot up. It felt good when it left my hand. I was happy it went in.”

The basket gave Parker 21 points on the night, 10 of which came in a fourth quarter that saw the Spurs outscore the Heat 23-16.

“We were very fortunate,” Popovich said. “It looked like he lost it two or three times, but he stuck with it. He kept competing. He gained control of it again. He got it up there on the rim. Great effort by Tony, and as I said, we were fortunate.”

Tim Duncan added: “Tony makes an unbelievable play. He does just about everything in the book that he had. He fell to the ground, pump-faked, stepped through and still got it off the ground. It was just amazing.”

The sequence unfolded with five seconds left on the shot clock, as Parker attempted to drive past Chris Bosh on the perimeter. Bosh guided him into help defense from James on the right baseline, causing the Frenchman to reverse course back toward the three-point line. James then hounded him in the corner, and Parker slipped as he tried to dribble back left toward the middle of the court, his left leg giving way and contorting as he slipped to the ground. Never hesitating, Parker kept his dribble alive, reverse-pivoted, double-clutched and banked in a mid-range jumper a split-second before the shot clock expired.

“Tony did everything wrong and did everything right in the same possession,” James said. “He stumbled two or three times, he fell over… he got up and went under my arm. I got a great contest and he even double-pumped and barely got it off. That was the longest 24 seconds that I’ve been a part of.”

The basket was reviewed and the officials determined that Parker did get off the attempt before the shot clock expired.

“That seemed like a 26-second possession,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra lamented. “But we played it all the way through. That’s probably what this series is about, it’s going to go down to the last tenth of a second. Every single play you have to push all the way through to the end and we didn’t.”

The Heat did not score on the ensuing possession, and the Spurs hung on for the win.

Parker also finished with six assists to help San Antonio overcome a triple-double from  James, who tallied 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists.

Game 2 is set for Miami on Sunday night.

Miami entered the Finals as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with a league-best 66 wins. San Antonio entered as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference after winning 58 games.

Via YouTube user sky2847

10 comments
RellamaPhilbheCharita
RellamaPhilbheCharita

i always admire how tony parker move so awsome inside the court......i hope it will goes tell game 4...go parker!...phillipines are cherring on you...

CoSproBuckeye
CoSproBuckeye

Just watched super-slo-mo replay of unbelievable Parker shot. He actually double dribbles THREE times before the shot. Wow.

JimmyMackey
JimmyMackey

I just love James’ quote here: “That was the longest 24 seconds that I’ve been a part of.”I think that is probably the biggest compliment one athlete can pay to another, except for the “did everything wrong” part, LOL!Actually, basketball and baseball are my favorite sports and I talk about them with my DISH office all the time.I want to stay up to date on baseball during basketball finals, so I rely on my DISH Game Finder app on my Hopper, which puts live MLB scores for my favorite teams on my screen while I’m watching the NBA, and I don’t miss a beat.

j7apple
j7apple

No way LeBron lets Parker get that shot off..Awesome play, just awesome.

riley8
riley8

Am I the only one who doesn't think this was that great of a shot?  Given the circumstances it was a great play but degree of difficulty was a 5 at best.  

vicente
vicente

so much for the theory that lebron can play any position, bill walton. he couldn't guard parker at PG, splitter at C, or mark west at PF.

OK
OK

Great job on defense in this sequence by The Queen.

The Queen gives up on Parker. Parker since the deuce that seals the game.

Show Me Da Green or I Ain't Playin' for Da Red, White, and Blue didn't desert his country on this night; he deserted The Queen and Her Court by disappearing in the final 12.

And the Little Bosh Woman gagged that stupid three-ball in the final two minutes.

See what happens when The Queen and Her Court do not get a 38-20 gift in free throw attempts.

Not to worry, Posse-ites, Commissioner Stern and ESPN will see to it that The Queen and Her Court get plenty of extra free throws in game two and head to San Antonio even a 1-1.

vicente
vicente

he should have taken the ball to the hoop instead of passing to bosh. i guess he was trying to make up for that mistake of not passing (twice) to bosh in game 2 against indiana which could have won them the game.

OK
OK

@vicente  

The Queen CHOKED. The Heat lost. Nothing else matters.