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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, June 11, 2013
MIAMI---The Miami Heat got a blowout vic-
tory over the San Antonio Spurs to level the
NBA Finals at a match apiece---and they didn t
have to rely on LeBron James to do more.
Not when Mario Chalmers and everyone else
did everything right.
Chalmers led the charge and James broke out
of a shooting slump and finished the game with
a flurry as the Heat used a 33-5 run to beat the
San Antonio Spurs 103-84 in Game Two of the
finals on Sunday night.
"I know my shooters only need a little bit of
room to get the shot off," James said. "For me,
I struggled offensively, but the shooters made
some good shots."
James missed ten of his first 13 shots and the
Heat trailed by a point late in the third quarter
before starting to play the kind of flawless bas-
ketball that led them to a team-record 66 wins
Chalmers finished with 19 points and James
had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists
while shooting only seven of 17 from the field.
The Heat made ten of 19 three-pointers and
got 13 points from Ray Allen, and 12 points and
ten rebounds from Chris Bosh.
San Antonio was incredibly precise in its 92-
88 victory in Game One, but committed 17
turnovers on Sunday, leading to 19 Miami points.
Danny Green made all six of his shots, includ-
ing five three-pointers, to score 17 points to
lead the Spurs. Tony Parker had 13 points on
5-of-14 shooting, and Tim Duncan shot three
of 13 and finished with nine points and 11
"They were really aggressive, obviously,"
Parker said about a Heat team determined not
to go down 0-2 in this best-of-seven series.
"You have to give a lot of credit to their defence.
They played great defence tonight. They were
very aggressive on the pick-and-rolls and all
The Spurs host Game Three tonight.
James insisted he wouldn t force himself to
do more to lead the team after getting a triple-
double in Game One, and he never seized the
opportunity in Game Two to take control of
He didn t need to. Not with Chalmers making
big shots and the Heat s defence making the
Spurs look shaky all night. The often-maligned
Chalmers is often seen in Heat highlights being
yelled at by James or another Miami veteran.
But he s as cocky as any of the superstars in
Miami, and he has the big-moment plays to
back up his bravado, such as his 25 points in
Game Four of last year s NBA Finals.
The point guard sparked the Heat late in the
third after San Antonio had taken a 62-61 lead.
He converted two three-point plays, Allen and
Mike Miller nailed three-pointers, and James
made only his third field goal of the game during
a 14-3 run that sent Miami to the fourth with
a 75-65 advantage.
They opened the fourth with nine straight
points to make it 84-65, erasing any chance of
their first two-match losing streak in five months.
"LeBron couldn t get into a rhythm early on
and other guys stepped up," Heat coach Erik
Spoelstra said. "He showed great poise and trust
in not getting caught up in feeling like he had
to make the play or score, but rather he would
facilitate or let other guys make plays. And that s
what they did."
The Spurs had only four turnovers in Game
One, matching an NBA Finals record low. But
they surpassed that total in the first quarter,
with Parker committing two of their five
turnovers after not coughing it up once in the
The Spurs unrecognisable sloppy play con-
tinued, with Parker firing passes on the pick-
and-roll right into a Heat player s leg on multiple
occasions and even getting benched barely three
minutes into the third quarter.
The Spurs responded with seven straight
points without him to get back within one. But
by the end of the period, it was Chalmers who
was the best point guard on the floor.
"My main focus is to stop Tony Parker,"
Chalmers said. "That s my job, to not let him
San Antonio had its seven-match postseason
winning streak broken, as well as a six-game
NBA Finals win streak that dated to the 2005
Heat beat Spurs to
level NBA Finals
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, centre, and Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6)
collide under the basket during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals series, Sunday in
Miami. Heat's Chris Bosh, right and Ray Allen (34) look on. Heat won 103-84. AP PHOTO
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