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Turnovers Late Sink LeBron, HEAT in Game 2
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 25, 2013 @ 8:19 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
The 36 points James scored in Game 2 of the Heat’s playoff series against the Indiana Pacers marked the eighth time in his past nine conference finals games he’s scored at least 30.
But they weren’t enough.
The efficient 14-of-20 shooting, team-high eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and block in 45 minutes of play really didn’t matter at the end of the day, either.
The only total James was fixated on after Friday’s 97-93 loss to the Pacers was listed alongside his name in the third column from the right of the page, near where he plucked.
Two of them came in the final minute on passes intended for Ray Allen that were both deflected by David West. The pair of errors came as the Pacers’ defense boxed in James, forced the four-time league MVP into uncharacteristic late-game miscues and completed a suffocating rally to even this series at 1-1 heading to Indiana for the next two games.
In a span of 48 hours, James transitioned from the celebrated hero who scored the layup at the buzzer in a 103-102 victory in Game 1 to committing the key blunders that cost his team Game 2 and home-court advantage.
“Very disappointing, of course, for me,” James said of a game that was on the verge of being one of the best of his postseason career but became one he hopes to soon forget. “The first thing I always look at on the stat sheet is my turnovers. I am very disappointed in my judgment and my plays down the stretch. But I’ll make up for them.”
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