LeBron James waited and waited, and though he never broke out as a dominating scorer on Sunday, his Miami Heat more than broke the San Antonio Spurs. The Heat used a 33-5 run bridging the third and fourth quarters to separate from the Spurs en route to a 103-84 Game 2 blowout in Miami to tie the NBA Finals series at a game apiece.
James' final line read 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three blocks. Though he looked disinterested for a good majority of the game and arguably was outplayed by Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard -- he had 14 rebounds, eight of which were offensive -- James never lost the will to get his teammates involved.
Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili combined for only 14 points, and Danny Green's 17 points and five made threes weren't nearly enough. San Antonio shot 41 percent for the game to Miami's 49.
The entire game wasn't a blowout. It appeared similar to a back-and-forth Game 1.
Miami led 50-45 at the half despite shooting 51 percent to the Spurs' 41 percent. Much of that had to do with San Antonio's 3-point shooting, which was accurate on 7-of-10 attempts and made up for seven first-half turnovers. Green got going by hitting three 3-pointers to start the Spurs' scoring, and they struggled to score in the final eight minutes of the first and found themselves tied with the Heat a 22 apiece heading into the second quarter.
Wade came out aggressively, attacking the paint and scoring a number of his 10 first-half points via floaters.
As the game wore on, Leonard began to shine. He hit a 3-pointer and got an and-one opportunity in the third quarter to reel in the Heat and take a two-point, 58-56 lead with six minutes left in the third. Continually, he outhustled a lax James, who went 2-for-12 to start the game.
But in the end, it was all part of the plan, or so it appeared.
The Heat took its biggest lead of the young series to the fourth quarter, closing the third on a 14-3 run to lead, 75-65. And they continued to pour it on San Antonio to start the fourth -- this included an emphatic James block on Tiago Splitter and multiple kickouts for 3-pointers -- scoring nine more straight points in the final quarter's first three minutes. Another 10-0 spurt ended the Spurs, sending the starters to the bench with nearly eight minutes left in the game.
Three questions, answered
Can Chris Bosh do anything?: Bosh scored 12 efficient points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He also added four assists and did more than step in from his failed three-point shooting from prior games. Bosh was hustling to chase down offensive boards, recovering quickly on pick-and-roll defense to get into passing lanes and record three steals.
Can the Heat force turnovers?: By the first quarter, San Antonio had already recorded four turnovers to equal its Game 1 total. The Spurs finished with 17 for the game, leading to 19 points. On the flip side, Miami recorded just five turnovers for two points in return.
Can Miami stop Tony Parker?: Parker didn't have the best of games in going 5-for-14 for 14 points, five assists and five turnovers, but he didn't get much help. Tim Duncan struggled mightily and Manu Ginobili could hardly hang on to the ball. The Spurs bench got outplayed until garbage time as Ginobili put in just five points and had three turnovers.