Heat outlasts Spurs in Game 2, ties Finals series


Posted at Jun 09 2014 11:02 AM | Updated as of Jun 09 2014 08:34 PM

San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (L) defends as Miami Heat's Mario Chalmers puts up a shot during the third quarter in Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio, Texas, June 8, 2014. Photo by Mike Stone, Reuters.

LeBron James scored 35 points after a slow start, and the Miami Heat outlasted the San Antonio Spurs, 98-96, to win Game 2 and tie their best-of-seven Finals series at one game apiece.

James scored only two points in the opening frame but waxed hot in the second half, hitting several jumpers in a row to bring the Heat back in the game after the Spurs had led by 11-points in the second period.

In a back-and-forth final quarter, the Spurs last took the lead with a 2:25 left after Tony Parker drilled a triple.

But Chris Bosh regained the lead for the Heat when he drained a three-pointer of his own with over a minute to go, and a split at the line by James allowed Miami to lead by three, 96-93.

After Manu Ginobili missed a jumper, the Heat all but sealed the win when Dwayne Wade converted an easy lay-in off a pass by Bosh with nine seconds left.

Ginobili drilled a triple at the buzzer, but it was too little, too late for the Spurs.

James finished with a double-double of 35 points and 10 rebounds after missing the last four minutes of the fourth quarter of Game 1 due to cramps.

Bosh had 18 points and Wade added 14 markers for Miami.

Tim Duncan got off to a great start, scoring 11 points in the first quarter alone, but he only seven points the rest of the way to finish with 18 points and 15 rebounds.

Parker led the Spurs in scoring with 21 points, and Ginobili had 19 off the bench.

San Antonio won Game 1, 110-95.