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Tony Parker's beat the shot clock as it expired to clinch the Spurs win in Game 1
At the start of the fourth quarter, the Heat were up by three with the score at 76-73. Then the Heat squandered the lead and lost 92-88.
Here is a small breakdown of the Heat's fourth quarter thanks to CBSsports.com
Miami shot just over 48 percent in the fourth quarter of regular-season games. In its last seven games, that clip has dropped to 40 percent. More than a few players - LeBron James included - said fighting fatigue, particularly after the seven-game grind that was needed to beat Indiana in the Eastern Conference finals, was part of the reason why the Heat shot just 5 for 18 in the fourth quarter of Game 1 against the Spurs.
San Antonio won the fourth quarter of Game 1 by seven points, 23-16 - turning a three-point deficit into a four-point win.
More importantly, as the article points out, Wade has to start showing up in the fourth quarter to be the difference. Bum knee and all, he may be the difference between the Heat being tied 1-1 after tonight or the Spurs being up 2-0.
Wade is averaging 2.3 points in the fourth quarters of this season's playoff games. In 16 appearances during this postseason, he's scored two points or less in the fourth quarter 11 times - with two points, total, in the final 12 minutes of his last three games.
Lastly, as USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt points out in his article:
"The Heat led 76-73 early in the fourth quarter but were outscored 19-12 in the final 8:08 — a span in which the Heat shot 3-for-10 from the field, including 0-for-4 on three-pointers, and committed four turnovers."
Therefore, if Miami is even half as good on offense and is able to save some energy for the fourth quarter, the Heat have a realistic shot of evening the series heading to San Antonio.
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