5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Heat Game 5


The San Antonio Spurs (14-4) will look to close out their 3-game home stand in the 2013 NBA Finals with a win tonight as they host the Miami Heat (14-6) in the AT&T Center in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

The Spurs are coming off a 109-94 loss in Game 4 in San Antonio. The Spurs were led by Tim Duncan, who finished with 20 points and 5 rebounds. The "Big Three" of Miami combined for 85 points while LeBron James finished with 33 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Dwyane Wade added 32 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. The Heat outscored the Spurs in the second half 66-44.

Tony Parker is expected to play for the Spurs tonight despite a strain to his right hamstring which he says can tear at any moment.

And as the Spurs hope to take a 3-2 lead before heading to Miami, here are five things to watch for in tonight's contest:

• The winner of Game 5 has gone on to win 7 of 10 series since the 2-3-2 Finals format.

• Should the Spurs win tonight and with the series shifting to Miami for Game 6, the Heat are a perfect 6-0 after a loss during the postseason.

• The previous two times Miami lost Game 1 of the Finals, they went on to win the championship.

• The Spurs are 10-3 overall home record in the NBA Finals.

• The Spurs are 5-0 at home in the postseason when scoring 100 points or more.