SAN ANTONIO (SportingAlert.com) — LeBron James scored 35 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 98-96 Game 2 of the NBA Finals series on Sunday night.
James and the Heat were bouncing back from Game 1 defeat last Thursday when the Spurs won 110-95, after the star forward suffered from cramping and was forced to leaved the game late in the fourth quarter.
He recovered from a slow start to guide Miami to victory.
“What happened on Thursday was Thursday,” James said.
“My whole focus was how I was going to try to help this team even this up and just try to make some plays.”
Chris Bosh, who made the go-ahead 3-pointer for the Heat after being found by James with 1:18 remaining, finished with 18 points, with Rashard Lewis and Dwyane Wade each finishing with 14 points.
Tony Parker led San Antonio with 21 points and seven assists, Manu Ginobili finished with 19 points and four assists and Tim Duncan adding 18 points and 15 rebounds in the defeat at AT&T Center.
“There were moments where we forgot what got us to where we are now,” said Ginobili, who had three turnovers in the game.
“… We stopped [moving] the ball. We know how it works. We are playing a great team with great players, and we’ve got to be close to perfect to win.”
The teams will be back in action again in Game 3 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Tuesday night, at 9:00 PM ET.