The Heat rebounded from their Game 1 loss to take Game 2, defeating the Spurs 103-84, to tie the series at 1 game apiece.
Mario Chalmers led the Heat with 19 points. LeBron James went from scapegoat to hero in a span of 3 minutes in the 2nd half. He finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals. Ray Allen contributed 13 points.
For the Spurs, Danny Green led with 17 points, including 5-5 from 3. Tony Parker had an off night and finished with 13 points, and Gary Neal scored 10 points.
This turned out to be the game that LeBron had been hoping for. Every player contributed and made an impact, and the scoreboard reflected that. Ultimately, the story of this game should be Chalmers and the defense. The Heat forced an uncharacteristic 16 turnovers out of the Spurs, and turned it into a blowout in the 2nd half. They came out with a sense of desperation, and showed the heart of a champion.
LeBron played pretty poorly through the first two and a half quarters, shooting 2-12 at one point. Seemingly lacking energy, he allowed Kwahi Leonard to outplay him during that span. He woke out of his funk at the end of the 3rd, and into the 4th. His game may be remembered for his incredible block on Tiago Splitter on the defensive end, and then firing a no-look pass to Ray Allen for 3 on the offensive end.
This is the Heat team we watched swallow up the Pacers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and they were able to salvage a split after blowing Game 1, and now head to San Antonio for Games 3, 4, and 5. In an ideal world, the Heat won’t be back to Miami until the championship is clenched but they definitely have to go in with the mindset of handling business. Game 3 is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11th at 9 pm.