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A battle of Big Threes begins in Game 1

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Game 1 will be the first time the Heat and Spurs have met at full strength in more than two years.

The Miami Heat are in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive season and for the fourth time in franchise history (2-1). The boys from South Beach are seeking to be the first team to win back-to-back NBA titles since the Lakers did it in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

On the other hand, the San Antonio Spurs are in the Finals for the fifth time in franchise history and the first time since the 2006-07 season. The Spurs are 4-0 all-time in the Finals and are one of just two teams with multiple NBA titles without a series loss (Bulls, 6-0).

Best Winning Pct in Game 1
NBA Finals All-Time

There have been 66 NBA Finals all-time. The winner of Game 1 has gone on to win the series 71.2 percent (47-19) of the time. However, the Game 1 winner has lost each of the last two NBA Finals (Heat in 2011, Thunder in 2012).

The Spurs have never lost Game 1 in the NBA Finals. They are one of two teams with a perfect record in the opening game of the NBA Finals.

A Battle of Big Threes

The Heat and Spurs met twice during the 2012-13 regular season, with the Heat winning both games. However, the two teams haven’t met at full strength in more than two years.

On March 31 in San Antonio, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Manu Ginobili did not play. On Nov. 9 in Miami, none of the Spurs’ Big Three played. And in the teams’ lone meeting in the 2011-12 season, on Jan. 17, Wade and Ginobili did not play.

The previous time these teams’ Big Threes met was on March 14, 2011, which the Heat won 110-80; it was the first season of Miami's Big Three.

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Ginobili have recorded 98 postseason wins as a trio, which ranks second all-time behind 110 from Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper.

James has carried the weight of the Heat’s Big Three this postseason, averaging 26.2 points per game compared to 25.5 points per game from Wade and Chris Bosh combined.

Offensive Powerhouses

This marks a matchup of the two best offenses this postseason.

San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat Offensive Ranks This Postseason

The Heat have had the most efficient offense in the NBA this postseason. Miami averages a league-high 108.4 points per 100 possessions, with the Spurs second at 106.5. The Heat also lead the NBA in half-court efficiency, averaging 0.94 points per play, with the Spurs second at 0.93.

In transition offense, the Spurs average an NBA-high 1.28 points per play, with the Heat second at 1.26.

Duncan averages 22.7 points and 14.4 rebounds in 22 career NBA Finals games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Duncan is one of just four players all-time to average at least 22 points and 14 rebounds in the Finals.