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More aggressive Heat go on 33-5 run to blow out Spurs in Game 2, even series

Jun 10, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

MIAMI — For nearly three quarters the San Antonio Spurs seemed to be doing it again — they held LeBron James to 2-of-12 shooting, they were getting back in transition and taking away the easy baskets the Heat thrive on, plus Danny Green was nailing threes like they were lay-ups. It was a close game about execution and those are the kind the Spurs usually win.

Then Miami did to the Spurs what they do to everyone — they find that extra gear and go on a run nobody can match. This time it was a 33-5 run that started late in the third quarter and made this a blowout by the middle of the fourth.

Miami’s defensive pressure forced more turnovers, those became transition opportunities, LeBron went 5-of-5, the Heat got help from guys like Mario Chalmers (19 points on the night to lead Miami) and Ray Allen (13).

The more aggressive Heat blew the game open and cruised to a 103-84 win. That evens the NBA Finals at 1-1 with Game 3 in San Antonio on Tuesday.

“You know what, credit to Miami, honestly” Tim Duncan said. “First start there. They outplayed us. They ended quarters better than us. We turned the ball over more than we should have. Credit to them, first of all.

“We didn’t play well. We didn’t shoot well.”

No, they didn’t. Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker combined to shoot 10-of-33 on the night. Part of that was the Heat’s pressure but Duncan said he got the shots he wanted, the other two got some clean looks too, but they just could not knock them down. The Heat did a great job of taking away the middle, forcing the Spurs to run their offense from the wings.

During the Heat run the Spurs shot 2-of-10 with six turnovers.

“In the second half, they just ran us over,” Ginobili said. “We didn’t move the ball at all. Their pressure really got us on our heels. And offensively, they just ran, they penetrated, they kicked it, they did everything they wanted.”

Green was the one Spur knocking down shots — he was 5-of-5 from three on his way to 17 points. Those five threes in an NBA Finals game tie the Spurs franchise record, one held by big game hunter Robert Horry. But Green didn’t get those looks during the Heat run.

San Antonio once again did a good job building a wall in front of LeBron James. His numbers — 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting, 8 rebounds, 7 assists — were down from last game, and he took a little heat then for not doing enough, not being aggressive enough.

He said after that first game it wasn’t about him, it was about his teammates making plays when the defense is focused on him like that. Miami did that in Game 2 — Chris Bosh has 12 points, Dwyane Wade 10, and there was another big game on the big stage from Mario Chalmers on a big stage.

“We have a lot of those guys,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You can’t teach that quality, the big game guts. They feel the most alive in these situations when you typically feel the most pressure. Drives me crazy sometimes in December and January. But when you get to this time of year you like it.”

This kind of game is what makes Miami so tough in a seven-game series. The Spurs got what they wanted Game 1, they played the Heat close and make enough plays at the end, and you start to think you can grind out four wins in seven games. But it’s not really seven games because at least once and usually twice a series they have a stretch like this — they find that extra gear and blow you out. Then you need to grind out wins in four of five games, and nobody has been able to do this.

So they head to San Antonio tied 1-1. Since the NBA went to the 2-3-2 Finals format there have been 12 series tied after the first two and the home team is just 3-of-9 in those Game 3s. Including last year when the Heat beat the Thunder.

San Antonio got a split on the road in the first two games, Ginobili said if you had offered him that before the start of the series he would have taken it. But that’s not going to be enough on Game 3.

“We have three at home, so we’re excited about that. But if we play like we did tonight, that’s not going to matter,” Duncan said.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    In the words of Stone & Ed:

    “It’s been about 3 days now
    Since I’ve been aground

    No longer overwhelmed
    And it seems so simple now

    It’s funny how things change so much
    It’s all state of mind”

    3

    • badintent - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      Excellent. To all the doom and gloom rats that jumped off the Heat ship in the middle of the ocean………………………IT’S A LONG, LONG ,LONG WAY SWIM TO SHORE. IT’S A BIG BOY GAME.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      First to post after a win. You are the ideal poster child for the bandwagoners.

      • heat256 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        First to post idiotic drivel. You’re the ideal poster child for the mentally handicapped.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        Playing for back to back championships against an all-time superpower. Third Finals in a row. One of the best regular seasons and one of (if not The) best players of all time. You really think I care what you think about what time of day I post messages? I’ll post win or lose. Don’t you worry about that.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        I hate trolls. I wonder how much time they have on their hands to post on a team’s site that they dislike. Don’t they have anything better to do??

      • miamatt - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        You are the biggest bandwagoner of them all, CB13. Lapping up every Heat loss as a symbol of their ultimate failure, and throwing out stupid trash after Heat wins. Can you at least make your comments funny or amusing in some way?

        Even I get bored of praising the Heat and ripping the Knicks, I mean SHEESH.

  2. patfic15 - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Spurs still have home court… They did what they were supposed to do. Blown out? Yep, but they will rebound.

    • hehateme2 - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      It was a thing of beauty to watch. What a blowout!

    • brokerhenry - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      @Patfic: You haven’t learned a thing. The home court thingy is way overblown. The Heat don’t need that home court stuff. Did the Chicago Bulls not win in Miami and take home court to Chicago? What happened there? When the Bulls were at full strength during the shortened season, did the Bulls not have the best record in the league? What happened then? Did OKC not have home court when they played the Heat? What happened then? Did the Heat not have to win game 6 in Boston?! To force game 7?!?! In my opinion, having that stupid home court advantage just piles on additional pressure at the start of any series. I was actually glad the Spurs took game one because I knew that loss would light a fire under the Heat. They responded as expected. They are going to San Antonio where they will get lustily booed. That should light a fire under the Heat. Tell me, is there no one on this site holding their breathe awaiting LeBron to explode for 40? I know I am and I know it will happen by the time this series ends. Listen up!!!!! LeBron is setting Kahwi up to be slaughtered. Does anyone really truly think some 21 – 22 year old kid is going to stop the absolutely hands down best player in the league on the greatest stage possible? I foresee disaster for Kawhi Leonard. There will be none of those jumpers from LeBron really soon. There will be post ups, blow byes, smothering defense and general abuse and “hot-butt frackerry” rained down on Mr. Leonard really soon. I pity the fool who doubts LeBron. Drooling over having home court means you actually believe the Spurs will sweep the middle three games!!! Really?!?!?! Give me some of that bong you are smoking!!! Must be Bin-Laden weed!!!

  3. beachsidejames - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Heat only have to win one of the next three to make it back home. If they take two of next three they win in Miami for sure.

    • heat256 - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      Let them focus on winning on in SA first. They have not had much luck over the years there. What infuriates me about the Heat is that if they played with half the intensity in Game 1 they might very well have been up 2-0. Why they need to lose to realize they have to play basketball drives me nuts.

  4. Sports King of this world - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    I’m horribly disappointed in the Spurs players.

    • apmn - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      That was ugly. Ginobili looked like he was stoned out there. Kudos to the Heat, they played amazing in the 2nd half.

      At least one of the Spurs’ Big Three need to Hulk out in Game Three.

  5. allen227 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    You mean the heat and the refs. The nba is a joke.

    • 6thsense79 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      The only joke here is you. It’s childish to blame the refs after a close loss and idiotic to do so after a blow out.

      • nard100 - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        Did the ref block Splitter’s attempted dunk? Did the refs shut down the San Antonio big 3 that the media got diarrhea at the mouth about including the prematurely crowned series MVP Tony Parker? You listen to what Ginobli said after the game? They said, “they just ran us over” Man-up and face the facts, SA is old and slow and they showed it. They were also outcoached.

  6. jbeagles23 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    This series is going 7. No way the spurs get blown out again and no way the heat lose two in a row

  7. reedme16 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Everytime the Heat win its because of the refs. Laziest argument ever. But if Heat fans say something about the refs their whinning. You darn Heat haters are something else.

    Game 1 the Spurs beat Mia with great execution in the 4th. Game 2 looked the same Mia just didn’t fall apart and the Spurs didn’t hit every shot in the second half. Even with Mia falling apart in gam e 1, they were still a Tony Parker Miracle shot away from OT. Spurs won’t continue to shoot lights out. I think Mia will take 2 of 3 in SA. Mia plays with more energy on the road

  8. denverdude7 - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Isn’t basketball over YET ?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    • badintent - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:27 AM

      no, and we’re still stuck with MLB and NHL. Damn, when do my Gmen start the road to holding the SB Bowl ???

  9. mungman69 - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    The refs had nothing to do with either game.

  10. golfrangeman - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Allen227 if the NBA is a joke why no you watch then post your ignorant comments? Your a joke!!!

  11. canehouse - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Tomorrow night is a huge game… can’t wait!!! Love this series.

  12. jbeagles23 - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    I still can’t beleive people actually thought the spurs size would be their advantage. As great as Duncan is he’s not excactly a beast inside and tiago is as soft as bosh

  13. klownboy - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    I still have the Heat in six, but will not be surprised if this series goes seven.
    http://theklowntimes.net/2013/06/06/2013-nba-finals-preview/

  14. badintent - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Sorry everyone, but the series is going to 9 games ! Herr Stern is bummed at the TV ratings so they show must go on and on and on………………………………………………

    • badintent - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:30 AM

      the show, damn keys

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