How Miami Won: Lebron James was playing his worst game of the postseason, and it looked like the Heat were headed to another close game down the stretch. But the defending champions went on a 30-5 run that lasted through the third and fourth quarters, which helped blow the game open.
James finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists, while Chris Bosh added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dwyane Wade scored 10 points, but Mario Chalmers had his best game of the playoffs, scoring 19 points on 6 for 12 shooting.
Unlike in game 1, Miami was able to knock down open threes. Ray Allen scored 13 points and Mike Miller added 9, as both players shot 3 for 5 from beyond the arc.
How San Antonio Lost: It was the regular formula for two and a half quarters, until the Heat erupted. Even though Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili were having sub-par games, the Spurs were up by 1 with less than 4 minutes remaining in the third quarter. With 7:43 left in the game, the Spurs were down 91-67 and Gregg Popovich took his starters out.
In the seven-plus minute stretch when Miami went on their 30-5 run, the Spurs committed 6 turnovers and shot 0 for 6 from the three point line.
Parker finished with just 13 points and 5 assists on 5 for 14 shooting, while Duncan had 9 points and 11 rebounds on 3 for 13 shooting. Ginobili scored just 5 points in 18 minutes, but Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green played well, which is a good sign heading into game 3. Leonard scored 9 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Green scored 17 points, including making all 6 of his shot attempts and going 5 for 5 from the three-point line. Both players did a good job defending James as well for the most part.
It Was Over When: Miami’s 30-5 run was capitalized emphatically by a sequence of Lebron plays in the fourth quarter. First, he came out of nowhere and blocked a dunk attempt by Tiago Splitter, ran down the court and scored an easy basket. On the ensuing possession, he stole a Parker pass and was able to find Ray Allen in the right corner for a three. James didn’t have his best game, but his impactful sequence in the fourth quarter definitely proved why he is the best player in the league.
|San Antonio Spurs|
|Tim Duncan, PF||30||3-13||0-0||3-4||3||8||11||1||0||0||1||1||-14||9|
|Kawhi Leonard, SF||33||4-12||1-3||0-1||8||6||14||2||1||0||1||2||-21||9|
|Tiago Splitter, C||23||2-5||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||1||0||1||1||1||-2||4|
|Tony Parker, PG||33||5-14||0-1||3-4||1||2||3||5||0||1||5||0||-27||13|
|Danny Green, SG||30||6-6||5-5||0-0||0||1||1||1||0||1||1||4||-9||17|
|Matt Bonner, PF||8||2-4||1-2||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||+5||5|
|DeJuan Blair, C||8||1-4||0-0||0-0||1||3||4||0||1||0||0||0||+5||2|
|Boris Diaw, C||11||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||1||-3||0|
|Patty Mills, PG||8||1-3||0-2||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||+5||2|
|Gary Neal, PG||22||3-7||2-3||2-2||0||2||2||0||0||0||3||2||-28||10|
|Cory Joseph, PG||9||3-3||0-0||2-3||2||1||3||1||0||0||1||0||+12||8|
|Manu Ginobili, SG||18||2-6||1-4||0-0||0||2||2||1||1||0||3||3||-23||5|
|Tracy McGrady, SG||8||0-1||0-0||0-0||0||2||2||2||0||1||0||0||+5||0|
|Udonis Haslem, PF||16||2-4||0-0||1-1||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||2||-3||5|
|LeBron James, SF||41||7-17||1-3||2-2||1||7||8||7||3||3||2||2||+29||17|
|Chris Bosh, C||31||6-10||0-0||0-0||4||6||10||4||3||1||0||1||+9||12|
|Mario Chalmers, PG||35||6-12||2-4||5-5||0||4||4||2||1||0||0||1||+30||19|
|Dwyane Wade, SG||30||5-13||0-0||0-2||0||2||2||6||0||1||2||1||+4||10|
|Rashard Lewis, PF||5||2-3||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||1||0||0||1||0||-6||4|
|Chris Andersen, PF||14||3-3||0-0||3-4||1||3||4||0||1||1||1||5||+12||9|
|James Jones, SF||5||0-2||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||-6||0|
|Shane Battier, SF||5||1-3||1-3||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||-6||3|
|Joel Anthony, C||5||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||-6||0|
|Norris Cole, PG||13||1-5||0-1||0-0||1||1||2||1||0||0||0||2||-11||2|
|Ray Allen, SG||25||5-8||3-5||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||+27||13|
|Mike Miller, SG||16||3-3||3-3||0-0||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||2||+22||9|