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LeBron James leads Heat to Game 2 win playing his way

Jun 9, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT

LeBron James, peppered with questions after Game 1 about not being aggressive enough, vowed: “Offensively I attract so much attention that if a guy is open on my team, I will pass the ball.” He added, “I believe our guys will be there to knock those shots down.” As he most famously put it, “I’ve done more and lost.”

Not only did LeBron not indulge the idea that he must carry the Heat if they were to win, he didn’t give an inch. He wants to play his way, and public pressure won’t change that.

Late in the third quarter Game 2 of the NBA Finals, LeBron’s critics smelled blood, though. The Spurs led by two points, and LeBron had scored just six points. For the Heat to win, they said, he’d have to take over, and they were losing because he refused.

But LeBron didn’t give an inch and kept playing his game.

It resulted in a 33-5 run – in which five Miami players scored with the only exceptions among those on the court being Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – and the Heat winning, 103-84. Miami was at its best when pushing and sharing the ball, LeBron’s involvement integral but dominating.

During the decisive run, LeBron had a team-high three assists took five shots (making all five), but the only other Heat player to play the entire stretch, Mario Chalmers, took just as many shots. In fact, Chalmers led the Heat with 19 points.

LeBron knew he’d need his teammates, but did he know he’d need them this much?

In a win, LeBron’s 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three blocks will be a celebrated. In a loss, those same contributions would be panned. He had a triple-double in Game 1, and that wasn’t enough for goodness sakes.

That’s part of the reason pinning wins and losses on a single player is so foolhardy. It’s a team game, and if LeBron wins his second championship, it will be because his team won.

Of course, some players are more important to a team than others, and LeBron ranks near the top of that list. When he’d previously scored 17 or fewer points in a playoff games, his teams went 2-8.

But LeBron knows these Heat are deep enough and good enough to beat the Spurs without him hogging the ball, and he doesn’t have to carry the team alone.

Not that he would anyway.

  1. badintent - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Every time the Heat go on a big or huge run, Birdman has checked in and helped in his own helpful way.He is the X factor as Pacer fans know all too well. Somewhere… over the rainbow… pacers fans are heard saying …. ” I could have been a contender”.
    Birdman, Allen and Miller outplayed Spurs bench big time.

  2. rtfinch - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    lol this is how lebron james leads now? 4 pts at halftime the heat up 5, 8 pts after 3 the heat up by 10. lebron was just another player tonight, definitely didnt lead anyone anywhere.

    • cwilson6843 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      He had 17 points 8 rebounds 7 assists 3 blocks 3 steals… That’s not just any player my friend

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      LeBlock is doing what he has to do, 5pts at the half team up a 10 spot and the half.
      it’s called winninggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

    • miamatt - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      As dumb a comment as you’ll ever read.

      He was absolutely sensational during the run to blow the Spurs out.

      The real dangerous thing about LBJ is that he plays his game all the time now. If and when he takes games over with his scoring is up to him based on how he reads the game, not what all the talking heads say. He can score as well as anybody in the league, but LeBron’s best skill is his passing. Anybody who has watched the Heat all year knows they are at their best when LeBron is efficient and everybody is involved offensively.

  3. gmsingh123 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    The Spurs were fatigued.

  4. jzone954 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Actually lebron did more the Duncan Parker and Ginobli combined

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      what happened to Mano, was he kidnapped in South Beach?

  5. canehouse - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    rtfinch… did you see Lebron reverse posterize Splitter? Moment and Play of the night… took the HEAT run to another level.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      some posters may still be drunk after the Puerto Rican parade, could be the rum.

    • rtfinch - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      i also saw danny green pin lebron james shot to the backboard. but i guess that doesnt count right?

  6. nard100 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Wait, shouldn’t this article be about the newly crowned series MVP Tony Parker? After all, he was supposed to be the lynch pin that SA was going to pull the hang the Heat right? SA, the team with the “championship pedigree” that were going to show the Heat how it’s done (shooting 41% – lol). It was great seeing the SA “the big three” look just as listless at Indiani when Miami poured it on and took it to them. What out how Pop was gonna outcoach Spo. Another media inspired fairy tale. It was awesome seeing Mike Breen have to back pedal on his doom and gloom for the Heat proclamation and how SA was going to take it to Miami for another 4 point beatdown. Oops!

    • fpstratton - Jun 10, 2013 at 3:22 PM


      It doesn’t matter by how much you win. The Spurs have to be happy with getting the split in the first two games on the road. I always thought Spoelstra was underrated as a coach, and he did a very good job in game 2. The Heat are a great team, no doubt about it, but let’s see if some of their lesser players (i.e., outside of the big three) can have stellar games in San Antonio. The Spurs will be ready because Popovich is such a great coach.

  7. thedocsite - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Please! The Spur had too many turn over; and the officiating was one sided too, in favor of the Heat. Over all the Spur played a bad game, the Heat was under tremendous pressure to win last night game then the Spurs.

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