It’s become increasingly clear that the Spurs and Heat are—without argument—the two best squads in the Association. The rematch between them felt inevitable, and it hasn’t disappointed thus far.
In the second game of the series, San Antonio and Miami were tied 12 times and experienced 17 lead changes. How’s that for a back-and-forth affair?
In their Game 2 bounce-back win, the Heat committed more turnovers than San Antonio, dished out 10 fewer assists, drained four fewer three-pointers and had a measly 12 bench points. Those stats suggest that Miami should have lost the game. Nonetheless, it outscored San Antonio by 10 points in the paint, clamped down on the Spurs defensively—holding them to 43.9 percent shooting—and received a dominant performance from LeBron James.
Following a woeful first quarter—two points on 1-of-4 shooting to accompany three turnovers—James got everything going. He finished with 35 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. He didn’t turn the ball over in the second half and shot 14-of-22 from the field overall (draining all three of his treys).
LBJ was determined to avoid heading back to South Beach facing a 2-0 series deficit. Despite stellar performances from San Antonio’s own Big Three—Tim Duncan (18 points, 15 rebounds), Tony Parker (21 points, seven assists) and Manu Ginobili (19 points off the bench)—Miami pulled out a close victory.
Missing eight free throws didn’t help the Spurs’ chances.
Now the series shifts back to Miami. Can the Spurs swing momentum back in their favor, or will they lose back-to-back playoff games for the third time this postseason?
For San Antonio, guys like Ginobili, Boris Diaw, Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli have all had their moments. The Heat, meanwhile, get scoring from Allen and rebounding from Andersen—but Spoelstra is still searching for an additional spark.Rashard Lewis’s contributions in the starting lineup have brought back flashes of his Orlando Magic days, but Miami’s bench is struggling.
NBA FINALS 06/10/14 9:00 pm EST
San Antonio Spurs (1-1) -vs- Miami Heat (1-1)
release: San Antonio Spurs +4.5
wager: 2.2u $