The Miami Heat looked much better in game two, burning the Spurs by a score of 103-84 to even the series at one game apiece. The game was competitive until a third quarter run put the game out of reach for the Spurs. Lebron James benefited from some major contributions from his teammates, something that has been rare for him in the playoffs this year. During the third quarter the Heat took over.
A 33-5 run proved to be a back breaker for the San Antonio Spurs. Such a run is near impossible to come back from, especially when it occurs in the later stages of a game. The Spurs didn’t know what hit them when the Heat turned up the pace and attempted to run the court more often than they did in game one.
Miami’s rout got so out of hand after the third quarter run, and the game was over with plenty of time still on the clock in the fourth quarter. San Antonio Coach Greg Poppovich acknowledged this fact as he licked his wounds, pulling his starters and keeping his team healthy going into game three.
Game three will be played in San Antonio on Tuesday. Miami will be attempting to win back to back games for the first time since their Conference Semi-final series against the Chicago Bulls. The Indiana Pacers were able to trade games throughout the Eastern Conference Final before ultimately losing in game seven.
Lebron James had a quiet night by his standards, putting up only 17 points and eight rebounds to go along with seven assists. He did make the highlight reel in an emphatic way with a third quarter block on Tiago Splitter. Otherwise James was quiet on the night and had to depend on his teammates to put points on the board and earn the victory.
It was the first time in six games that the Heat were able to break the 100 point mark on the night. They were led by Mario Chalmers 19 points, the young point guard put up several key three pointers on the night to keep the Spurs at bay. Ray Allen also put on a solid performance off the bench with 13 points.
Struggles in the fourth quarter have plagued the Miami Heat to this point in this year’s playoffs, however they were able to turn the tables on their opponents last night. Tony Parker, who played the starring role for the Spurs’ game one victory over the Heat, was smothered all night long. He was able to muster just 13 points on the night. In the fourth quarter, the star guard only put up one shot, missing it, and turned the ball over an incredible five times.
Establishing the fast pace that they prefer, the Heat were able to burn the Spurs to the tune of 16 turnovers in game two. You would have to take the square root of that total to find what they committed the first time around against the defending champions. Acknowledging the importance of turnovers, Tony Parker said that “If we can keep our turnovers under 10, that would be good because when we turn it over it’s a fast break for them.”
The significantly older Spurs roster couldn’t keep up with the fast break last night. If the Spurs want to find a way to secure Tim Duncan a fifth ring with the team, they will have to adjust and burn the fast break so that they can beat the Heat in game three. Miami looked like the team we thought they were all season long in game two, and will be a force to be reckoned with moving forward in the NBA Finals.
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