<nowiki>*</nowiki> Statistics include only games with the Spurs
and the Cleveland Cavaliers
entered the 2007 Finals as newcomers. Game 1 was the first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history, and the first for each of its players (other than reserve point guard Eric Snow
). However, the San Antonio Spurs
had been to the Finals in three of the past eight seasons, winning a championship each time. With solid performances by Tim Duncan
, Tony Parker
, and Manu Ginóbili
, the Spurs won the series opener in convincing fashion, limiting LeBron James to 14 points on 4-16 shooting.
The Spurs took a stranglehold on momentum in Game 2. The Spurs big three overwhelmed the Cavs and the Spurs led by as many as 29 points in the third quarter. They absolutely dominated game during first 3 quarters and played show-time basketball. A furious 25-6 rally by Cleveland in the final quarter wasn't enough as the Spurs took a 2-0 lead in the series.
Rookie Daniel Gibson
started Game 3 in place of the injured Larry Hughes
but scored a series-low 2 points on 1-10 shooting. As a team the Cavs shot only .367 but out-rebounded the Spurs 48-41. Zydrunas Ilgauskas
had a 2006-07 season high 18 rebounds. On the game's final play, LeBron James
missed a potential game-tying 29 foot 3-pointer (which he contested as a... Read More