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The Miami Heat have tied up their NBA Finals series against the San Antonio Spurs with an emphatic 103-84 win in Game 2. This was a closely contested game for the most part, until of course James and guard Mario Chalmers took over from late in the third quarter.
Up until that stage, the Heat were looking tired and vulnerable, while the Spurs looked to be “hanging around”, waiting for their opportunity to strike. That opportunity never came though as Miami used a 33-5 run to finish this one off early.
In a positive for Australian hoops fans, Patty Mills got some burn in Game 2. Playing a sneaky eight minutes, Mills scored the first basket by an Aussie in an NBA Finals game since 1998.
The Spurs may have wasted an exceptional game by Danny Green with the young emerging star scoring 17 points including a perfect 5-5 from the arc. Green also played some exceptional defense on LeBron James for three quarters. With the stage about to be moved back to Texas for three straight games, the Spurs may not be as concerned and perhaps can be content with a split of their first two games.
Only three teams in NBA Finals history have won their middle three home games since the 2-3-2 format was introduced in 1985. Those teams include the 2004 Detroit Pistons, as well as the 2006 and 2012 Miami Heat.
Game 3 (Wednesday AU time) is going to be huge as both these teams look to take control of this series.