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Hard to fault a guy who willed his body to its absolute maximum until his legs literally wouldn't move. In heat more than 90 degrees due to broken AT&T Center air conditioning, James drove to the basket and scored in his 33rd minute of playing time and subsequently couldn't walk. Teammates carried him to the bench, where he watched the rest of the game as the Spurs closed out. When the arena's electricity factors into a game's outcome, you've got a serious problem.
Vintage Flash early: The Heat relied on Wade to carry the load with LeBron resting, and Wade delivered, getting to the rim on baseline cuts, spins and smooth drives to the basket. But with the heat rising and the Spurs deeper on the wings, Wade faltered in the second half, unable to get into any real rhythm offensively and getting punished on defense.
Slow burn. Made up for a rough first half defensively with his 3-point shooting -- an issue for him in last year's Finals -- and knack for rebounds, keeping the floor spaced against a surprisingly spry Tim Duncan. He's the third banana behind Wade and James, but when he's hitting four-point plays, it makes it a lot harder on any team to defend the whole floor.
You saw the dunk coming too, right? Allen's 3-pointers in the first half looked robotically Raylike, but it was the third-quarter rim-diving that fired up his teammates: Back-to-back layups foreshadowed Allen throwing down a dunk straight out of "He Got Game" on a fast break. In a game played without AC, Allen's impeccable conditioning can't hurt.
No Heat exhaustion. Their system orbits around Duncan, and when he's not getting it, their role players step up. Boris Diaw set up teammates with his wide lens of the floor, including Danny Green, who dominated in the fourth quarter when LeBron could play no longer. They held a slippery, sweaty home court in Game 1.