Parker gets the bounce on improbable last shot

Parker gets the bounce on improbable last shot
June 7, 2013, 9:30 am
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MIAMI — With just a few seconds remaining,  San Antonio's Tony Parker lost the ball.

Then Parker got it back.

Then he lost it again.

Then Parker got it back, stumbled to the floor only to regain his balance long enough to give a pump fake, lean in and somehow manage to get a shot off that just beat the shot clock and with it, propel San Antonio to a 92-88 upset over Miami.

For all the big plays that the Spurs got from so many players in Game 1, it will be Parker's fourth quarter shot - about as improbable a shot as you will see - that will be remembered.

"We were fortunate," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

To see that shot go in was indeed a shake-my-head moment for the Heat and LeBron James who was defending Parker when his leaning bank shot hit the inner lip of the rim and took a decent bounce before falling through the net.

"Tony did everything wrong and did everything right in the same possession," said James of Parker's shot which went through with 5.2 seconds to play.

The shot was reviewed by officials afterward to see if Parker got it off in time.

The initial ruling - the basket was good - was upheld by the officials.

"That seemed like a 26-second possession," said Miami coach Erik Spoelstra. "But we played it all the way through. That's probably what this series is about. It's going to go down to the last 10th of a second. Every single play you have to push through all the way to the end, and we didn't."

Parker was just as surprised to see so many things go wrong with that possession, and the outcome work out as it did.

"It was a crazy play," Parker said. "I thought I lost the ball three or four times. And it didn't work out like I wanted it to. At the end I was just trying to get a shot up. It felt good when it left my hand. I was happy it went in."

Said Tim Duncan: "It was just amazing."

That bank shot gave Parker a game-high 21 points for the night as he mixed in driving lay-ups and jumpers against a multitude of Miami defenders that included James.

"I knew he was coming," Parker said of James. "A lot of NBA teams, they put bigger guys on me. So I just have to keep playing my game and trust my teammates."

His teammates certainly trust him, especially down the stretch when they need a basket.

It was the kind of shot that, as unlikely as it was to go in, it speaks to how Parker continues to prove he can come through in the clutch and is indeed in the conversation when discussing the NBA's best point guards.

"As (far as) point guard rankings, I don't really care about that," Parker said. "I just want to win a championship."