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Heat start out red hot, can’t sustain it, Spurs execute way to 47-40 halftime lead

Jun 15, 2014, 9:27 PM EDT

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SAN ANTONIO — You had to know the two-time defending champion Miami Heat had too much pride to just roll over. They were going to come out ready to defend their title down 3-1 and needing a win just to force a Game 6.

And they did — Miami played the best, most energized and aggressive defense they have played all playoffs, LeBron James came out on fire with 17 first quarter points and the Heat raced out to a 19-5 lead, the biggest lead the Heat have had all Finals.

But Miami has had spurts of great execution all season and through these Finals, the issue has been sustaining it against a relentless Spurs team.

They couldn’t. San Antonio climbed back, slowly at first behind Manu Ginobili (a 6-0 personal run at one point, a poster dunk on Chris Bosh later) and later with a 17-2 run sparked by Kawhi Leonard (15 first half points).

The Spurs lead 47-40 at the half and are 24 minutes from an NBA title.

This feels like a game San Antonio could just blow open in the third.

Miami has 20 points from LeBron on 6-of-12 shooting, they have 20 points on 7-of-22 shooting from everyone else. Numbers reminiscent of Game 4.

Ginobili had 14 for the Spurs, who shot 50 percent in the second quarter as they moved the ball and got good looks (the Heat sharp rotations from the opening six minutes were gone). The Heat shot 26.7 percent in the second.

San Antonio got 22 points from its bench in the first half, the Heat got 2. Not enough depth to sustain the energy levels Miami needs, but they need to find some way in the second half or this could get ugly.

  1. angulocarlos1 - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    No one not named Lebron willing to step up, it’s pathetic

    • amitko - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      Yep. LBJ vs the Spurs.

      • gameisours - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        They need team reconstruction. Others have no motivation I guess.

    • stayhigh_247 - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      The Spurs are the superior team it wouldn’t have mattered either way.

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    I wanna see Miami make this a series but this thing is definitely gonna be over tonight. The Spurs, from top to bottom, are all way too fundamentally effective, and Miami cannot sustain any significant runs against such effectiveness. This San Antonio team is laying blueprints, not just for a championship team, but for a championship organization as a whole. It will be a true gift to the fans for the Spurs to win and celebrate at home tonight.

  3. rrhoe - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    LeBron tired,it’s over.

  4. bigbamboom1 - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    As I watch the Heat getting blown out by the Spurs, I am dumbfounded how anyone didn’t see and exploit the serious flaws of Miami earlier. Just like Dallas did and the Spurs really for 2 straight years. Miami has zero interior presence!. Lebron is being asked to do way too much. Chris Bosh is being asked to do way too little. And D Wade is just a shell of his former self. Where is Greg Oden? Heck! why didn’t they even try to sign Bynum or anyone to fill such a gaping hole in the middle. THe Heat ask Chris Bosh to play like a 2 guard and 3 point marksman. In just a dreadful waste of talent. You kidding me?! As Skip Bayless would say. A 6’11” 2 guard who can’t dribble well. It’s not Bosh’s fault either. It’s Spoelstra’s and his entire offensive & defensive scheme. That guy is getting seriously schooled by Popovich! If the Pacer’s had just a decent Point guard, the Heat never would have moved past them this year IMO.

    This game; This season; and this Heat team as currently constructed and schemed is over.

  5. timcast12 - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    I wonder how all the Heat bandwagon fans feel like? Haha

  6. kingperk123 - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    BEAT THE heat!!!

  7. gpatrick15 - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Paging antistratfordian, antistratfordian you’re needing in the front office.

  8. phillysports1 - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Lmao @ the fake Heat fans !

  9. tmdill18 - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Heat fans disappear into thin air, as if the bandwagon never existed. Poof! Heat window officially closed!

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      Not 1, not 2, not 3…

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