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Monday, June 10th, 2013 at 11:45 am  |  26 responses

Heat Use Balanced Attack to Beat Spurs in Game 2


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Following a crushing Game 1 loss to the Spurs, LeBron James told the media that he wouldn’t change his approach, and that he would continue to play unselfishly.

James’s trust in his teammates paid off, as the Miami Heat routed the Spurs in Game 2 103-84, sending the NBA Finals to San Antonio all even.

Though LeBron delivered the game’s signature plays, it was his supporting cast who carried the day.

Per the AP:

(Mario) Chalmers led the charge, James broke out to finish it with a flurry and the Heat used a 33-5 run to rout the San Antonio Spurs 103-84 on Sunday night and even the series at one game apiece. James missed 10 of 13 shots through three quarters and the Heat trailed by a point late in the period before unleashing the lethal brand of basketball that led them to a franchise-record 66 wins this season. Chalmers finished with 19 points, and James had 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three blocks – the best on Tiago Splitter’s dunk attempt – while shooting only 7 of 17 from the field.

“Honestly, for me, when I was struggling offensively, my teammates continued to keep it in range,” James said. ” And we even had a lead at one point, especially late in the second quarter when we made that run and I was struggling a little bit. So I think Rio more than anybody kept us aggressive, him getting into the paint, him getting those and-ones and making a couple of 3s. It allowed me to sit back and wait for my time.” The Heat made 10 of 19 3-pointers and got 13 points from Ray Allen, and 12 points and 10 rebounds from the previously slumping Chris Bosh.

After doing such a wonderful job hanging on to the ball in the series opener — committing just four turnovers, which is an astounding number against Miami’s stifling defense — the San Antonio Spurs unravelled, and threw it away 17 times (which led to 19 points for the Heat):

“In the second half they just run us over,” Manu Ginobili said. “We didn’t move the ball at all. Their pressure really got us on our heels.”

San Antonio’s Big Three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili struggled mightily, shooting a combined 10-of-33 from the field, and Duncan — after appropriately calling his play in Game 2 “awful” — said his team needs to regain their composure.

Off to Texas we go.

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  • Junkie

    I’m starting to wonder if home court advantage is even that great for the finals.. If you steal a game, you have a chance to try and close it out with 3 straight games at home

  • i_ball

    I think the 2-2-1-1-1 format gives a better advantage to the lower seeded team. You still a game and you are not forced to win 3 in a row. When you play against a great team (it’s the Finals) winning 3 in a row is almost impossible. I don’t think a lot of teams have done it.

  • i_ball

    I really want to see the numberFire stats form the game – what are the odds of Parker, Ginobili and Duncan having such a terrible game. Miami played at their best but I don’t think this is sustainable – game 3 will be a close one.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Not sure how many teams have done it but 3 come to mind:
    2004 Detroit Pistons
    2006 Miami Heat
    2012 Miami Heat

  • RayJr

    It’s really difficult for any team to win 3 games in a row even in the regular season. Also Miami hasn’t lost back to back games in months so I see the series going back to Miami.

  • RayJr

    Miami didn’t play at their best. Both Big 3s for both teams didn’t play well. It was just that the Spurs’ big 3 were terrible.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Actually the last two won 4 in a row.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    The 2-3-2 format pretty much ensures the series goes at least 6 games. Since 1985 when the format was implemented (28 years), 17 times the finals have gone 6 or more games.

  • RayJr

    Miami shared the ball and beat the Spurs at their own game without Wade or Bosh contributing on that 33-5 run which made the win even more impressive. Danny Green really kept SA in the game until he was taken out in the 3rd and then it was all downhill from then.

    Big question: Did the Spurs big 3 run out of gas or will they bounce back in Game 3?

  • RayJr

    They are talking about winning the 3 in a row at home. Miami did do it last year though.

  • Junkie

    And I’m sure that’s a great way for the NBA to maximize their revenue as well.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Exactly

  • Sizzle

    I disagree with the idea that Miami played their best. Lebron made huge key plays, but stat wise he was below average (although he had a tremendous influence on the game), wade played well in the first half (nothing in second half) and bosh had an average game. Miami’s role players stepped up for sure. I think the theme in this series will be close games (like Game 1) or 10+ point wins by Miami. Spurs play well as a team, but it is highly unlikely that will rip off runs the way Miami can. I think the Heat win in 6…

  • Junkie

    For Bosh’s recent performance I would call this a great game haha.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    chirp…chirp….big difference in the number of comments posted after a Heat win.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Both the 2004 Pistons and 2006 Heat won all 3 of their home games as well.

  • i_ball

    I was talking about the team performance – they forced TOs and made their open 3s and they committed 6 TOs (one with the bench warmers in). I don’t measure a team performance by the stats of their stars. If this is not the Heats best than I don’t know what is:

    50% FG, 52% 3s, 6TOs – a team can’t possibly play better on offence

  • The Seed

    Bron almost choked the game away, Spurs fell apart and now Lebron is a winner. I guess he was not tired and he great IQ kicked in. LOL

  • Karl

    I don’t know about you, but when I think of ‘ensures’ I think of pretty much a near guarantee. Not a 17/28 chance.

  • speedy

    It wasn’t his greatest performance, but he was there when it mattered with the full package drives, dishes, blocks, rebounds. He did what was needed.
    LeBron has been a winner before. You fail to recognize.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah, you got any guarantees you can give me in sports? .

    60% is pretty much as close as you can ask for to a guarantee.

    .

    The 11 times it hasn’t?
    2012: Heat over Thunder 4-1
    2009: Lakers over Magic 4-1
    2007: Spurs over Cavs 4-1
    2004: Pistons over Lakers 4-1 (the year the format backfired)
    2002: Lakers over Nets 4-0
    2001: Lakers over 76ers 4-1
    1999: Spurs over Knicks 4-1
    1995: Rockets over Magic 4-0
    1991: Bulls over Lakers 4-1
    1990: Pistons over Blazers 4-1
    1989: Pistons over Lakers 4-0

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    So that is 2 series out of 11 where we as basketball fans, weren’t sure who the winner would be in the end. The rest? It was a matter of how many games it would take.

  • Karl

    Fair enough. Maybe it also has something to do with the equality of competition (1st seeds in both Conferences) as opposed to earlier rounds where the number 1 plays the number 8 seed etc.

  • The Fury

    Dude, didn’t San Antonio swept the Cavs in 2007?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah typo….fixed

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Well from the time Michael Jordan retired until 2004 the East was pretty much a roadblock. Also, the young teams seem to fair pretty awful in the finals. Only the Lakers (twice) and 1999 8th seeded Knicks were what you would call “veteran” teams

  • The Fury

    no problem man :)

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