Heat level Finals series with Spurs

Mon Jun 9, 2014 1:46am EDT
 
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By Steve Ginsburg

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - LeBron James bounced back from the cramps that forced him out of the NBA Finals opener by scoring 35 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 98-96 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday and even the series at one game each.

James went both inside and outside to hit 14 of 22 shots, including all three from beyond the arc, grab 10 rebounds and deliver a key assist down the stretch to secure the win.

"He carried us," said Heat guard Ray Allen. "He made some big shots. I don't think they had an answer for him and he got it going. And we needed every bit of it."

With San Antonio leading 93-92 and giving their full attention to James, the four-time NBA MVP delivered a nifty pass to Chris Bosh, who nailed a three-pointer with 1:18 left.

"It was rewarding in that it was a huge play to help us win," said James.

"I just seen it develop the whole time, and I wanted to try to put some pressure towards the rim, and I caught Tim Duncan peeking at me a little bit.

"I was able to find C.B. in the corner in one of his favorite spots on the floor and he knocked it down."

A foul shot by James and a Dwyane Wade lay-up with nine seconds left gave the Heat a 98-93 lead before a three-pointer at the buzzer by the Spurs' Manu Ginobili made the score closer than it actually was.   Continued...

 
Jun 8, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) and forward LeBron James (6) celebrate after game two of the 2014 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at AT&T Center. The Heat won 98-96. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports