Miami came back after a loss at home to beat the San Antonio Spurs 103-84. They now keep their record of not losing two consecutive games in the postseason, while the Spurs lose their first game in the last 53 days.
The first quarter was close, but the Spurs maintained the lead with the help of Danny Green who finished with 17 points. He made the first three shots for San Antonio, making the score 9-4. By the end of the first quarter, the score was tied.
The score stayed closed for a while after that, but by the end of the third quarter, Miami began to take over and went on a 30-5 run.
The Spurs were able to keep a strong lead at the beginning because of Green’s outside shooting and Kawhi Leonard‘s shooting and hustle. Leonard went for rebounds and was able to score, earning 9 points and 14 rebounds.
The Heat were able to win, however, by making use of every possession and getting rebounds. They also tightened up their defense, forcing four turnovers in the first quarter (they had four turnovers total in game one) and the Spurs ended with 17 turnovers. Miami used this to their advantage and had 19 points off of turnovers.
Despite LeBron James only having 17 points, he was his usual self when it came to ball distribution. Many times he could have gone for the shot, but instead, he passed it, which attributed to his seven assists. James’ shining moment was a block on Tiago Splitter during the fourth quarter.
The other part of Miami’s “Big Three”, Chris Bosh, stepped up his game, scoring 12 points and getting a double-double (he had 10 rebounds). Wade also made good plays, but only went 5-13 from the field and struggled at some points during the game.
The Heat’s use of their bench was also a major factor in their win against the Spurs, accounting for 40 of their 103 points. Mike Miller was able to get going and come up big from the three-point line, going 3-3. Ray Allen was also able to contribute 13 points.
Miami now ties the season 1-1. The two teams head to San Antonio for game three to be played on Tuesday, March 11.