The party played on all right, with a huge roar when Tracy McGrady, a former perennial All-Star now in his first finals appearance as a member of the Spurs’ bench, checked in midway through the fourth quarter. He was scoreless with three assists.
James started two-for-13, then made his final four shots of the third as the Heat got within 13, before Ginobili fired a nifty pass to Tiago Splitter under the basket for a score with 0.1 seconds remaining, making it 78-63 and setting the stage for the big fourth-quarter finish.
“We want to make them take tough shots. They missed a couple. It worked this game, but next game, we know they’ll come out differently,” Green said. “We’re not comfortable at any point defensively. We have to continue to be active, be aggressive get our hands on loose balls.”