Heat look to bounce back against Spurs and keep streak going

Sat Jun 7, 2014 6:32pm EDT
 
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By Steve Ginsburg

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The Miami Heat have won 12 straight playoff games following a loss, a streak they will need to keep alive on Sunday to avoid going into an ominous 0-2 hole against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.

LeBron James credits postseason experience for the team's ability to bounce back, while Dwyane Wade says the chief reason is more a product of X's and O's on the chalkboard.

Whatever the reason, the Heat do not want to return to Miami for Game Three having lost the first two games to the Spurs, who owned the best record (62-20) in the league this season.

With James on the bench suffering from leg cramps, San Antonio went on a 16-3 tear over the last four minutes of Game One and beat Miami 110-95 on Thursday.

"It's a big‑time possession series and we had some rough possessions, particularly in that fourth quarter," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters on Saturday.

"We would like to clean that up with our execution and efficiency, and not let them flatten us out, where we're still able to get to our game."

James said he was "doing a lot better" as he tries to overcome the effects of the cramping.

"The soreness is starting to get out," said the four-time NBA most valuable player. "I'm feeling better than I did yesterday and with another day, I should feel much better tomorrow."   Continued...

 
Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) handles the ball during practice before game 2 of the 2014 NBA Finals at Spurs Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports