Heat Crush Spurs, 103-84, Even NBA Finals
LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat with the ball against Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs in the third quarter during Game Two of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 9, 2013 in Miami, Florida.
The Miami defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 103-84, on Sunday night at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miam, Florida, evening up the best-of-seven game 2013 NBA Finals series at one game apiece.
After the first quarter ended, with the score tied, 22-22, Miami outscored San Antonio, 28-23, in the second quarter, thanks to a 5-0 run in the last 2:04 of the period, to take a 50-45 halftime lead.
The Heat, who out-shot the Spurs, 51%-41% in the initial half, was led by Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers, who each had ten points, while the Spurs were paced by Danny Green, who had a first half-high 12 points, with Tony Parker contributing 10 points and four assists.
Miami extended that lead at the end of the third quarter, despite trailing, 62-61, late in the third quarter, finishing the period on a 13-3 run, to lead, 75-65, going into the final frame.
Through three quarters, Danny Green, who was 5-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc, led San Antonio in scoring, with 17 points, while Chalmers, who scored seven points in the third quarter, had 17 as well for Miami.
The Heat continued continued to out-shoot the Spurs, though three quarters, 48%-41%.
Miami continued the run, scoring the first nine points of the fourth quarter, making it a 23-3 run, extending their lead to 84-65, a lead which they would never relinquish, as they went on to the 19-point victory.
The Spurs out-rebounded the Heat, 44-36, but Miami finished with a 49%-41% shooting advantage from the floor, and forced San Antonio, who committed only one turnover in the opener of the series, to commit 16 turnovers on the evening.
Chalmers led Miami in scoring, finishing with 19 points, with LeBron James chipping in with 17 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists, while Green, who went 6-of-6 from the floor, paced San Antonio, with 17.
With the series now even, 1-1, it now moves to San Antonio, Texas, for games 3-5, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday nights.
If necessary, the sixth and seventh games of the series would move back to Miami, Florida.