Mario Chalmers had a game-high 19 points and LeBron James finished with 17 points and seven assists as the Miami Heat routed the San Antonio Spurs 103-84 in game two of the NBA finals on Sunday.
Miami went on a 14-3 run to close the third quarter and break open a tight game, then seized command with a sustained double-digit lead in the fourth to level the best-of-seven series at one game each.
“You can’t teach that quality, big game guts,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “They feel most alive in these situations when you typically feel the most pressure. Drives me crazy sometimes in December and January, but when you get to this time of year you like it.”
James, who had just 18 points in game one, finished with a 2013 post-season low again but he scored nine of his points in the fourth quarter for the Heat who rebounded from a stunning 92-88 loss at home in game one.
Chris Bosh finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds and veteran Ray Allen came off the bench to score 13 points for Miami, who have not lost back-to-back games since early January and haven’t lost consecutive games at home all season.
“Small things will make major differences in this series because the talent level is pretty equivalent,” said Spoelstra. “It is going to be loose balls, rebounds, execution, guys coming in with confidence.
“Everybody was fine with it tonight wherever the ball ended up. They didn’t get caught up in an individual ego, but more of a team ego.”