The most memorable play was LeBron James’ monster block of an attempted dunk by San Antonio’s Tiago Splitter that seemed to energize the entire Heat team.
James’s stats didn’t look so great, with 17 points and 8 rebounds, but he made plays in all facets of the game and his fingerprints were all over the killer run that blew the game open in the second half.
Mario Chalmers led the Heat with 19 points. Miami also held Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to a combined 27 points after giving up 54 to those three in Game 1.
“In the second half they just run us over,” said the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili. “We didn’t move the ball at all. Their pressure really got us on our heels.”
Indeed, San Antonio committed a whopping 17 turnovers compared to just four in Game 1, and the miscues fueled Miami’s second half run.
Tim Duncan hit just 3 of 13 shots and finished with nine points and 11 rebounds. “We didn’t play well. We didn’t shoot well. I know I played awfully,” said Duncan. “Whatever it may be, they responded better than us. So hopefully we can look forward to this Game 3 and regain some of our composure.”
Miami’s Dwyane Wade had declared Game 2 a “must-win” game for the Heat, as no team wants to go on the road for the middle three Finals games in an 0-2 hole.
Miami responded masterfully, looking as good as ever in the fourth quarter.
The loss ended the Spurs’ seven-game postseason winning streak, as well as their five-game Finals win streak dating back to the 2005 Finals.
In spite of the loss, San Antonio still holds the home-court advantage in the series, with three of the remaining five games scheduled for their arena.
Game 3 is set for Tuesday night in San Antonio. Image/AP