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June 13, 2013

Drubbings, not drama: NBA Finals stuck in blowouts

SAN ANTONIO — Spurs guard Tony Parker opened the NBA Finals with a memorable shot at the end of Game 1.

San Antonio’s 92-88 victory gave hope that the series against the defending champion Miami Heat was going to be full of close games.

It hasn’t quite worked out that way so far.

What followed Parker’s sensational shot in Game 1 — a twisting, ducking, barely shot clock-beating jumper off the glass — was a 19-point Heat blowout in Game 2 and the Spurs coasting to a 113-77 win on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 series lead.

The blowouts have sent the stars on both teams to the bench early and allowed guys such as DeJuan Blair and James Jones to run out the clock.

“We both answered the losses very well. We both have not answered the wins very well,” Tim Duncan said. “That’s one thing Pop always points out — you have to be able to bring that same energy with wins and not be satisfied with yourself.”

Heat forward Chris Bosh yesterday described the series as “bipolar basketball” with wild swings about which team seems to be in total command.

“Can the Spurs bounce back? Aw, man, is Miami serious?” Bosh said. “You just have to deal with it.”

Swapping lopsided wins in the Finals is hardly unprecedented. When the Spurs won the championship in 2005 against Detroit, the average margin of victory for the home team the first four games was 21 points.

Game 5 then went to overtime, and the next two games were both decided in single digits.

“It’s more normal than people think,” Manu Ginobili said. “I still remember 2005 Finals. The first four games were basically blowouts. We won both by 20 here, they won by 20 there. It happens. It’s the past, we don’t care. We just have to face the next game as if it’s going to be a really close one, which we expect.”

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