Sunday, August 31, 2014

Heat knot series

SAN ANTONIO—No cramps, no problems for LeBron James.
And with their superstar making it to the finish this time, the Miami Heat bounced back from a loss—just as they always do in the playoffs.

“Obviously, having No. 6 in the game at the end was a plus for us,” said Dwyane Wade.
James had 35 points and 10 rebounds in a powerful comeback from the cramps that knocked him out of the opener as the Heat tied the NBA Finals with a 98-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 last night.
Chris Bosh made the go-ahead three-pointer on a pass from James with 1:18 to go for the Heat, who now have won 13-straight following a loss in the post-season.
Just like last year, they rebounded after losing Game 1 to the Spurs.
Bosh had 18 points for the Heat, who are headed home for Game 3 tomorrow night.
James played more than 37 minutes, making 14-of-22 shots.
He was just 1-for-4 with three turnovers in a shaky first quarter, then made 11 of his next 13.
After two days of enduring criticism for not finishing the game and getting suggestions on how to avoid cramps, James changed the subject.
“What happened on Thursday was Thursday,” he stressed.
“My whole focus was how I was going to try to help this team even this up and just try to make some plays.”
He had a key strip of Tony Parker down the stretch—playing a dominant game on both ends as if he had something to prove.
Parker scored 21 points while Tim Duncan had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs, who had won eight-straight at home by at least 15 points.
“Down the end there they executed really well,” Duncan noted. “LeBron made some great passes and guys made open shots.
“We had the same result in the first game,” he added. “They kind of flipped it in this one.”
The game was played in comfortable conditions inside the AT&T Center, where an air-conditioning failure in Game 1 sent temperatures soaring to about 90 degrees F.
The broken circuit breaker was fixed by Friday afternoon, and it was much cooler inside the arena.

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