Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (-2, 187)
Best-of-seven series tied 1-1.
A second-half Game 2 demolition by Miami has created some momentum for the Heat as they start a stretch of three straight games in San Antonio with Tuesday’s Game 3 matchup against the Spurs. Miami used a ferocious 33-5 run to turn a close contest into a lopsided affair en route to a 103-84 victory that evened the series at a game apiece. San Antonio hopes to get a better effort from their veterans who struggled in Game 2.
Miami forward LeBron James has been held to a 17.5 average in the first two games and didn’t even lead the Heat in scoring on Sunday when Mario Chalmers was the most pivotal figure with 19 points. The Spurs’ trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined for only 35 points in Game 2 after compiling 54 in San Antonio’s Game 1 victory. The Spurs now need to quickly forget the thrashing. “If you look at the result – being 1-1, it’s not bad,” Ginobili said. “But you don’t want to play like this in an NBA Finals. You don’t want to give them that much confidence and you feeling bad about yourself.”
TV: 9 p.m. ET, ABC
ABOUT THE HEAT: The performance of Miami’s supporting cast drew criticism in the playoff series against the Indiana Pacers but there has been no shortage of players stepping up against the Spurs. Veteran guard Ray Allen has scored 13 points in each of the first two games while Mike Miller and Chris Andersen each contributed nine points off the bench while joining Chalmers as game-changers. James said he feels Miami’s supporting cast has the edge despite the perception that the Spurs have a deeper list of contributors. “They’ve been making an impact all year long and they feel like their supporting cast is better,” James said. “We feel like our supporting cast is better. It’s who goes out and does it each and every night to help seal wins.”
ABOUT THE SPURS: Duncan was just 3-of-13 shooting in Game 2 after being superb in the opening game with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Parker and Ginobili also played poorly as the trio was a combined 10-for-33 from the field. “Defense has something to do with it,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “Just missing shots has something to do with it. No matter how you slice it, it’s 10-for-33. Missing shots and not shooting it well and turning it over is a bad combination.” Spurs guard Danny Green had 17 points in Game 2 on 6-of-6 shooting – including hitting all five 3-point attempts – and is averaging 14.5 points in the series. Green is 9-for-14 from 3-point range in the two games.
* Heat are 0-6 ATS in their last six games following a win.
* Under is 5-0 in Heat’s last five overall.
* Over is 5-1 in Spurs’ last six home games.
1. San Antonio committed just four turnovers in the opener before slipping to 17 in Game 2.
2. Miami is 3-22 all-time in San Antonio with one of the victories occurring in the regular season despite James and Dwyane Wade not suiting up.
3. Spurs F Kawhi Leonard is averaging 12 rebounds in the series and has six double-digit games on the boards in the postseason.