The Miami Heat were able to withstand the elements in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, defeating the San Antonio Spurs 98-96, and leaving San Antonio with a 1-1 series split.
The Spurs came out with their collective hairs on fire, taking the First Quarter 26-19. Tim Duncan jumped out to a hot (pun intended) start, scoring 11 points in the period. Chris Bosh scored seven to lead Miami.
The Spurs took an entertaining Third Quarter, 35-34, to take a 78-77 lead heading into the deciding frame. Tim Duncan scored seven in the quarter for San Antonio. James scored 14 points in the period for Miami.
The Heat were able to lock down somewhat defensively, taking the Fourth Quarter 21-18, to squeeze out the win. James scored seven points in the period for the Heat, and the Spurs got seven from Manu Ginobili also.
In all, for the Heat, James finished with 35 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Bosh scored 18 points, including the go-ahead three-point shot with 1:17 left on the clock. Dwyane Wade finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.
For the Spurs, Tony Parker finished with 21 points and 7 assists. Manu Ginobili finished with 19 points off the bench. Tim Duncan scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
This was a great road win for the Heat, and a testament to their mental toughness as a team to win a game against a great opponent such as the Spurs. They were able to shoot 53% from the field, scored 44 points in the paint, and won the rebounding battle. It leaves to wonder, how could Game 1 have ended if James were able to stay on the floor?
Game 3 is scheduled for Tuesday, back in Miami. The tip-off will be at 9:00 pm.