(MIAMI) — The Miami Heat played with a purpose Sunday night, and it showed big-time.
Mario Chalmers scored 19 points, LeBron James poured in 17 and the Miami Heat routed the San Antonio Spurs 103-84 to even the NBA Finals at one game apiece.
In addition to his 17 points, James had eight rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks. His biggest play of the night came on a block of Tiago Splitter’s dunk attempt in the fourth quarter while the Heat were in the midst of a 33-5 run that sealed the game.
“Honestly, for me, when I was struggling offensively, my teammates continued to keep it in range,” James said. ” And we even had a lead at one point, especially late in the second quarter when we made that run and I was struggling a little bit.
Danny Green paced the Spurs with 17 points, but the trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili struggled mightily. They shot a combined 10-of-33 from the field and watched the fourth quarter from the bench.
“We didn’t play well. We didn’t shoot well. I know I played awfully,” Duncan said. “Whatever it may be, they responded better than us. So hopefully we can look forward to this Game 3 and regain some of our composure.”
The Spurs will get a chance to do that Tuesday night when the series shifts to San Antonio.
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