On Monday the Miami Heat leveled the NBA Finals at 1-1 as a third and fourth quarter surge that included a 33-5 run, helped them down the San Antonio Spurs 103-84.
Mario Chalmers led the way with 19 points off 6/12 shooting, along with 2 rebounds and 6 assists.
The game was close, and the Spurs had a 62-61 lead with 3:11 to go in the third, but a Danny Green foul gifted Chalmers a three-point play that initiated Miami’s run. From here, Miami went to work outscoring the Spurs 33 (12/13 FGs, 1TO) to 5 (2/10 FGs, 6TOs).
This swing of momentum was boosted by LeBron James as he went 4 from 4 in the fourth quarter; having to pull himself together after going just 3 of 13 in the first three quarters.
James finished the night with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. One on Tiago Splitter that is no doubt a contender for block of the year.
This sequence is the type of play that powered Miami to a franchise record 27-game winning streak in the regular season.
Miami have proved to be extremely dangerous when coming off a lost this postseason. The Heat are 5-0 after a loss in these playoffs, with a winning difference average of 21.6 points in those five games; if you go back to the regular season they have won 11 straight games following a loss. Having a coach and team that prides themselves on being able to make the necessary adjustments, losing Game one meant Game two was always going to be challenging for the Spurs.
After the Spurs big three of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili combined for 54 points in Game one, they had just 27 points shooting a collective 10/33 from the floor in Game two.
Danny Green continues to be a shining light for the Spurs with a team high 17 points (6/6 FGs), including 5 from 5 from downtown (three in the first four minutes of the game). In the 64 minutes Green has played this series, he has a total of 29 points and is 9/14 from three-point territory.
Both teams shot the ball well from beyond the arc; Miami 10/19 Spurs 10-20.
The series shifts to San Antonio with the Spurs hosting the next three games.
Game 3: Spurs vs. Heat / 11:00am (AEST): Wednesday June 12.
Game 4: Spurs vs. Heat / 11:00am (AEST): Friday June 14.
Game 5: Spurs vs. Heat / 10:00am (AEST): Monday June 17.