IC Cold Links: Heat, Spurs Begin NBA Conference Finals With Wins

May 28, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (left) laughs in front of Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (right) during the second half in game one of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs both held serve and home court by winning their respective Game 1 matchups in the NBA conference finals.

The Spurs absorbed a strong effort from the Oklahoma City Thunder before taking over down the stretch to win running a way. Old friend Stephen Jackson came up big off the bench for the Spurs, playing some impressive defense and knocking down a three to help keep the fourth quarter run going for San Antonio.

Last night in Miami, the Heat used a familiar formula by taking over the game in the third quarter after the Boston Celtics rallied to tie the game at halftime. Like the Indiana Pacers before them, the Celtics were left frustrated and grumbling as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade rubbed the win in their noses. The C's are going to have to get more physical with the Heat and it sounds like they are well aware of that fact.

After the jump, check out some links of interest from around the NBA.

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