Led by LeBron James (35 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals) and with the air conditioning fixed, the Miami Heat won in much cooler temperatures 98-96 over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday to even the NBA Finals at one game apiece.
Coming into Game 2 Miami had won 12 in a row following a playoff loss, by 15.4 points per game, and San Antonio had won eight straight home postseason contests by at least 15 points, including Game 1 Thursday 110-95.
The Heat made it 13 Sunday night, snapping the Spurs’ nine-game home playoff winning streak, but the series-tying victory came by just two with Manu Ginobili (19 points on 7-of-15 shooting) drilling a 3 at the final horn.
Of note, Miami did not play Shane Battier while Udonis Haslem and Norris Cole got one and seven minutes, respectively, off the bench. Neither scored as the Heat won despite San Antonio’s reserves outscoring Miami’s substitutes 37-12. Matt Bonner was the only one of the 10 Spurs who played in Game 2 not to score.