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If the scoreboard is telling a tale of a close game, so too are the other stats in this game. Below is a table showing a few important stats to help you understand just how close these two teams are competing.

Tale of the Tape

Rebounds

Assists

3 Point %

Field Goal %

Heat

22

13

40

50%

Spurs

19

9

40

43%


The field goal percentage explains the three point disparity in the score line that first half.

Tim Duncan finally picked up his first points in the game via a layup five minutes into the second quarter, and didn’t look back en route to12 points in the second quarter.

Also getting hot is Dwyane Wade of the Heat, who led all scorers with 13 points.

Some have said that the best three players from the Heat and Spurs will carry the load. Below is a matchup of the Heat’s best three vs. Spur’s best three.

Heat Top 3

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Wade

13

0

2

James

10

8

5

Bosh

5

2

1

Total

28

10

8

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Ginobili

6

0

0

Parker

9

0

3

Duncan

12

9

3

Total

27

9

7


As you can see, these numbers are also quite close, with the Heat holding a slight advantage.

LeBron James is also on pace for a triple double (double digits in three major statistical categories) with the following stat line:

Points

Rebounds

Assists

10

8

5


LeBron is averaging the following throughout the playoffs in the first half:

Points

Rebounds

Assists

12.8

3.1

3.3


Keep an eye out for my third quarter wrap and the post-game analysis coming soon. And don’t forget to check out nba.com/stats as a great companion to the game on your tablet, phone or laptop.

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