The NBA Finals have gotten a lot more interesting. The Miami Heat have leveled the series after beating the San Antonio Spurs, 103-84.
This game was pretty competitive for the most part. LeBron James and Tim Duncan weren't having big games, with other players picking up the slack. The Heat went into halftime with a 50-45 lead, but the Spurs were not out of it.
In fact, they were up by a point with 3:16 left in the third quarter. Then the Heat went on a 35-8 run and didn't look back from there. The lasting image of the game will be LeBron's massive block on Tiago Splitter's dunk attempt. It was an exclamation point for the game and an incredible feat of strength and timing from James.
James had a good game that was actually rather poor by his ridiculous standards. He only finished with 17 points while adding eight rebounds and seven assists. Dwyane Wade only added 10 points, with Chris Bosh throwing in 12 points and 10 rebounds as well. Those numbers aren't terrible, but rather surprising when you think how Miami coasted toward the end.
This game belonged to the supporting cast. Mario Chalmers stepped up in a big way, leading all scorers with 19 points. Ray Allen and Mike Miller added some big three-pointers off the bench. Chris Andersen had nine points.
The Heat shot a scorching 41-of-83 from the field. They were monsters on the offensive end of the floor and did a great job of working the ball around the court rather than settling for outside shots.
Unfortunately for the Spurs, their bench couldn't make up for poor performances from the stars.
Duncan only had nine points and 11 rebounds. Tony Parker had 13 points and five assists. Manu Ginobili was the biggest underperformer, only going for five points. He looked listless and disinterested at times.
The same couldn't be said of Danny Green, who made all six of his field goals en route to 17 points. Gary Neal added 10 points off the bench. That was about the best San Antonio got from its supporting cast.
As a team, the Spurs had 16 turnovers. It was just a sloppy game where their best players couldn't get going offensively.
The loss ends San Antonio's seven-game playoff win streak. Gregg Popovich will have a lot to work on after this defeat, and it will be interesting to see how the Spurs react going back home. Game 3 will be Tuesday in San Antonio.