LeBron James's 35 pushes Heat past Spurs

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LeBron James scored 35 points and recorded 10 rebounds to lead the Miami Heat to a close victory over the San Antonio Spurs, 98-96. The Heat took quality shots in this game, finishing 37-70 (52.9%). The Finals are now equal at one game apiece.

James finished 14-22 from the field (3-3 from three-point range) and 4-5 from the free throw line, in a good performance. Dwyane Wade contributed 14 points and seven rebounds for Miami as well. Despite the loss, Tony Parker scored 21 points for San Antonio on 8-15 shooting (2-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 3-6 from the free throw line. He also added seven assists. Tim Duncan chipped in 18 points and 15 rebounds.

The high-octane offense of Miami (ranked second in the NBA in offensive efficiency) got the better of the elite defense of San Antonio (ranked third in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.09 points per possession in Game 2. Along with their eFG% of 58.6%, the Heat connected at a rate of 42.1% from 3-point range in this game. For comparison, during the regular season they were 18-4 when they recorded marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Spurs were winless (0-8) when they allowed their opponents to reach those percentages.

With the series tied 1-1 and Game 3 taking place at home, Miami has a great opportunity to take the series lead in the Finals.

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