5 things we learned from game 1 of the NBA Finals

Published: Friday, June 7 2013 9:19 a.m. MDT

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In the two matchups with the Heat during the regular season, the Spurs had 19 turnovers in one game and 17 turnovers in the other. Their turnovers led to easy points in transition, and San Antonio lost both games.

In game 1 however, the Spurs had only four turnovers the entire game. Parker played 40 minutes of the 48-minute game, but the Spurs' point-guard did not commit a single turnover.

The Spurs' lack of turnovers kept the Heat out of transition as Miami only had nine fast-break points. For Parker, it was all about slowing Miami's star players down.

"Obviously, Lebron is unbelievable and Dwyane Wade was playing great," Parker told USA Today. "We just try to contain them."

By not turning the ball over near as much as the previous games against Miami, San Antonio was able to eliminate the easy baskets for James and Wade, causing them to shoot well below their average.

If the Spurs continue to keep their turnovers low, they will be extremely difficult to defeat the rest of the series.
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