Miami roll to blow-out 103-84 win over the Spurs on Sunday night.
The Miami Heat rolled to victory on Sunday night at the AA Arena, eventually sealing a 103-84 win over the San Antonio Spurs to level the series 1-1.
The pressure was on Miami to deliver having dropped the opening game and home court advantage, and despite a closely fought contest heading to the end of the third quarter, the defending champions went on a 30-5 run to take control.
LeBron James struggled in the first half, but finished the game with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Mario Chalmers led the way with 19 points of his own.
The game petered out as both coaches emptied their benches for the latter stages with the outcome clear, and it will take some reaction from San Antonio to bounce back in Game 3 at the AT&T Center.
Unfortunately for Danny Green, his 6-6 shooting night which left him with 17 points will be largely forgotten, as the Spurs struggled with turnovers.
Having matched an NBA Finals record in Game 1 by committing just 4 in the entire game, Gregg Popovich’s men turned the ball over 17 times on Sunday night, handing the initiative back to Miami on numerous occasions.
The Heat will have all the confidence ahead of their next meeting on Tuesday night, but struggled with winning back-to-back games in the previous series with the Indiana Pacers.
Nevertheless, given this performance they will have learned a great deal on how to shut the Spurs offense down while delivering on the offensive end themselves as James became a distributor for large spells.
It is difficult to see a repeat in Game 3, but Coach Popovich will stress the importance of looking after the ball as the Spurs come away with a split in the opening two games, with the next three clashes of the NBA Finals 2013 coming on their home court.