Miami Heat 98, San Antonio Spurs 96
Recap | Box Score
LeBron James: A
14-22 FG (3-3 3FG), 4-5 FT, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 4 turnovers, 35 points
LeBron James took over this game in the second and third quarters. Call it dominating the meat in the NBA Finals sandwich. Actually, don’t repeat that. In the second quarter, LeBron attacked and dominated the paint before stepping outside in the third, when he made five-straight jumpers to give Miami a lead. Mixing it up kept San Antonio on its toes and they just didn’t know how to defend him late in the game. Oh, and don’t overlook his prime defense on Tony Parker late in the game.
Dwyane Wade: B
5-9 FG, 4-4 FT, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 5 turnovers, 14 points
When LeBron would go out in the first half, the Spurs would make their move. Wade had a quiet game, but had a key stretch at the end of the third quarter when he came in for LeBron and made two-straight jumpers to keep the game tight. Wade was there when Miami needed him tonight, but with his buddy LeBron doing so much, that wasn’t often. You know what that means, though. Wade is rested and the Heat are going back to Miami. Are we due for a big Wade game in Game 3?
Chris Bosh: B+
6-11 FG (1-2 3FG), 5-6 FT, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 18 points
His three from the corner and late assist to a wide-open Dwyane Wade were two of the biggest plays of the game. Big Shot Bosh lives on. His defense on Duncan (7-14, 18 points) was improved from Game 1, too.
Rashard Lewis: B+
5-9 FG (3-7 3FG), 1-2 FT, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 14 points
Lewis hit three three-pointers and played great defense throughout the game. Lewis has been huge for Miami’s spacing and his ability to defend Tiago Splitter and rotate on multiple positions is perfect against this Spurs offense.
Miami Heat: A
37-70 FG (8-19 3FG), 16-21 FT, 38 rebounds to San Antonio’s 37, 16 assists to San Antonio’s 26, 13 turnovers to San Antonio’s 11
The poor defense was talked about a lot in the first quarter, but in the second quarter and especially the second half, the Heat made adjustments and played excellent defense for the remainder of the game. On offense, I don’t want to hear about how Miami didn’t move the ball well. They hitched their wagon to LeBron tonight. If LeBron wasn’t shooting the lights out, one could assume this team would have kicked up the ball movement.