NBA Finals: Five key points from Game 2
by Alex Kennedy, USA TODAY Sports
Five things you should know from Sunday’s 103-84 Miami Heat win in Game 2 of the NBA Finals vs. the San Antonio Spurs:
• The Heat have now won 11 consecutive games following a loss, including five victories following a loss in the postseason with a 21.6 points a game differential. Miami hasn’t lost consecutive games since mid-January.
• The Spurs had 16 turnovers in Game 2, after turning the ball over four times in Game 1. San Antonio equaled their Game 1 total in the first quarter of Game 2. “In Game 1, you saw the turnover numbers and tonight, it was a lot higher,” Spurs guard Danny Green said. “Offensively, moving the ball is going to be a big key for us.”
• Miami went on a 33-5 run at one point, during which the Heat made 6-of-7 shots and scored 16 points on pick-and-roll plays with Mario Chalmers handling and LeBron James screening, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
• Tiago Splitter was a good sport after LeBron James’ monster block. “At least I’m going to be on the news,” Splitter said with a laugh. “I just tried to make a good play, but he’s a great player.”
• Spurs stars Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili really struggled in Game 2, combining for 27 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and nine turnovers. The Spurs were minus-27 with Parker on the floor (his worst plus/minus of this postseason and fourth-worst of his playoff career), minus-23 with Ginobili and minus-14 with Duncan.
Alex Kennedy also writes for Hoopsworld.com.