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Spurs, Heat tied at half of Game 2. Tim Duncan, LeBron James put on show.

Jun 8, 2014, 9:27 PM EST

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SAN ANTONIO — This has been a very even NBA Finals, outside the final five minutes of Game 1.

Game two has played out that way — San Antonio raced out to an 11 point lead early in the second quarter behind Tim Duncan getting shots at the rim, but the Heat came back as LeBron James attacked the rim himself.

The result is a 43-43 tie at halftime of Game 2.

Tony Parker has 12 points to lead the Spurs. LeBron had 13 points, Chris Bosh 10 for the Heat.

Early on the Spurs were sharp with their interior passing, they seemed unbothered by the Heat pressure, and the ball kept finding Tim Duncan. He was throwing down dunks, and once again getting his shots in the paint.

LeBron James started 1-of-4 shooting with a couple turnovers and came out with more than two minutes left in the first (early for him). With him out the Spurs stretched out their lead (thanks to Heat turnovers, they had 10 in the first half) and it was 26-19 after one quarter.

When LeBron came back in he was aggressive and just attacked the rim — 9 of his 11 first half shots came inside 8 feet. The Spurs continue to play up on him, not going under picks but trying to pressure him.

The game got a bit physical and chippy — it started to really feel like a playoff series — and the referees did a poor job trying to control it. They gave Duncan a technical, and Manu Ginobili picked up his third foul on a flop by Dwyane Wade that should earn a fine.

  1. tampajoey - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Refs working hard for Miami in the 1st half.

    • reesesteel23 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      Typical

    • reesesteel23 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      Your excuses that is

    • leahcima1 - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      What is interesting to me is how shameless the Heat haters are. They complain the refs favor them. Did they favor the Heat when the Pacers got 37 free throws in game one of the the Pacer series? You wouldn’t know it from the Heat or Heat fans. Nary a complaint. You play the game. No excuses. Did they favor the Spurs when James was knocked out of game one of the finals because the Spurs air conditioning went out? Not a complaint from the Heat or their fans. You play the game. No excuses. But when the Heat win oh boy the haters have every excuse under the sun. The petty unsportsmanlike attitude of the Haters makes every win, every ring, every accolade that much sweeter. Go Heat. Screw the Haters.

  2. bucrightoff - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Horrible reffing tonight, absolutely no flow to this game whatsoever.

  3. jkirby317 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Miami still -15 for the series through 1 and a half games

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      Yeah well the Heat were -5 for the Finals last year and I don’t think you’ll see any of them crying on their rings or banners.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        They will not win this series in a negative.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        The Heat don’t have to complain… they have lackeys like you. They got whooped in game 1 and should have lost in game 2 (if the Spurs could hit some FT’s). Still -13 for the series.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        haha, nice spin. Or you could look at it more realistically like–Heat whupped the Spurs tail in game 2 and would have won game 1 if not for LeBron cramping up. Which means San Antonio would be facing elimination on Thursday.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:44 PM

        You think they are crying now?

  4. borderline1988 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    The Heat need to put Chris Bosh in motion towards the basket. Forget about the Dwayne Wade isos…put Bosh in screen and roll situations and tell him to catch the ball, upfake, and drive hard to the basket. The Spurs interior defense will foul him every time because they are not quick enough to rotate..

  5. limonadamas - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Great game.. That flop by Wade in the first half that put Manu on the bench really made a big difference. Lebron was really unstoppable. Clutch play by Bosh and Allen.

  6. Great Caesar's Ghost - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Smart play by Chalmers taking Parker out for a spell. That’s how you win championships baby!

  7. floridascuba1 - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Manu flopped. As well as Duncan.

  8. leahcima1 - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    What is interesting to me is how shameless the Heat haters are. They complain the refs favor them. Did they favor the Heat when the Pacers got 37 free throws in game one of the the Pacer series? You wouldn’t know it from the Heat or Heat fans. Nary a complaint. You play the game. No excuses. Did they favor the Spurs when James was knocked out of game one of the finals because the Spurs air conditioning went out? Not a complaint from the Heat or their fans. You play the game. No excuses. But when the Heat win oh boy the haters have every excuse under the sun. The petty unsportsmanlike attitude of the Haters makes every win, every ring, every accolade that much sweeter. Go Heat. Screw the Haters.

  9. jzone954 - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Lebron was brilliant tonight. Spurs 3 pointers will not drop as easy in Miami and Miami will be rocking for these two games in which they have been 9-0 this post season at. Should be great.

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