Heat rout Spurs in NBA Finals Game 2
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI — So that’s why LeBron James trusts his teammates. That’s why James wanted to surround himself with considerable talent.
On a night when James didn’t have much offensively for a majority of the game, the Miami Heat’s supporting cast rescued him and delivered an impressive 103-84 victory Sunday in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
Not only did James not have to do it all offensively, he really didn’t do much — 17 points on 7-for-17 shooting.
But Mario Chalmers scored 19 points, and Ray Allen had 13 points off the bench. Chris Bosh had his best all-around game (12 points, 10 rebounds) since the conference semifinals against the Bulls. Dwyane Wade added 10 points, and Mike Miller and Chris Andersen each had nine points off the bench.
The Heat used one of their devastating offensive explosions and defensive shutdowns to put away the Spurs from the 3:13 mark of the third quarter to the 7:13 mark of the fourth quarter. The Spurs had 17 turnovers, including six during the Heat’s game-deciding run.
Miami went on a 33-5 run and built a 94-67 lead. But don’t think James wasn’t involved. During that run, he had 11 points, three assists and one nasty block on San Antonio’s Tiago Splitter. Not many teams can go on a run like and not many can do it against the Spurs.
James started the game just 2-for-12 and Miami trailed 62-61 before the run began. It seemed possible the Heat might head to San Antonio trailing 2-0. Now, it’s 1-1 and Game 3 in Tuesday in San Antonio (9 p.m. ET, ABC).
The Heat have not lost consecutive games since early January and for the fourth time since the formation of Miami’s Big 3, the Heat won Game 2 of a series after losing Game 1. They have won each of previous three series, too.
Miami has responded well to losses all season and in the playoffs in particular.
“To be able to bounce back from certain situations, you have to have a toughness, you have to have a collective character,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said prior to Game 2. “We’ve also been … [For more on Miami Heat rout San Antonio Spurs in NBA Finals Game 2, click here.]