Behind 35 points from LeBron James and two key plays by Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat took down the San Antonio Spurs 98-96 and evened the NBA Finals at one game apiece.
After scoring just two points in the opening quarter, James was masterful throughout the rest of the game. He shot 14-of-22 from the field, including a perfect three-of-three from beyond the arc, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out three assists and recorded two steals.
Bosh finished with 18 points, Dwyane Wade had 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Rashard Lewis scored 14 points.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 18 points and 15 rebounds while Tony Parker scored a team-high 21 points and dished out seven assists and Manu Ginobili added 19 points.
The Spurs shot lights out in game 1 and it was the Heat’s turn in game 2. They shot 52.9% from the field and knocked down eight three-pointers.
The Spurs got off to a fantastic start, taking an early 10-4 lead. They extended the advantage to nine and were up 26-19 at the conclusion of the quarter. The Spurs quickly pushed the lead to 11, but the Heat used a 9-0 run to get back into the game, cutting the lead to 30-28. They took the lead 34-33 with 5:07 to play in the quarter and the two teams went into the half tied at 43. The third quarter was about as good as anyone could hope. James scored 14 points in the quarter, but the Spurs outscored the Heat 35-34 to take a 78-77 lead into the fourth quarter. Both defenses tightened up in the final quarter and the teams exchanged baskets throughout the quarter. After a Chris Andersen layup put the Heat up 92-90, Parker answered with a three-pointer. The Heat responded with a Bosh three to make it 95-93. After one James free throw, the Heat got another stop and Bosh found Wade for a layup that made it 98-93 with just 9.3 seconds to play. Ginobili added a meaningless three-pointer at the buzzer.
Game 3 from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida will be Tuesday night at 9:00 pm EST. The game is on ABC.
Game 1: Spurs 110, Heat 95