Spurs burned: Miami rolls past S.A. with late scoring surge in Game 2

Spurs burned: Miami rolls past S.A. with late scoring surge in Game 2

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MIAMI, FL - JUNE 09: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat dunks the ball in the fourth quarter while taking on the San Antonio Spurs during Game Two of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 9, 2013 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 8:59 AM

MIAMI -- LeBron James overcame a terrible start to finish with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and the Miami Heat rolled to a 103-84 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night to even the series at a game apiece.

Mario Chalmers scored 19 points for the defending champion Heat, who trailed late in the third quarter before going on a 30-5 run to take control. Chris Bosh added 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

Danny Green scored 17 points on 6-for-6 shooting and Tony Parker had 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting with five assists for the Spurs, who turned the ball over 17 times after tying a finals record with only four in their Game 1 victory.

Game 3 is Tuesday night in San Antonio.

James needed almost 12 full minutes before scoring his first points. He missed 10 of his first 12 shots. He wore a wrap on his knee and put on a display that won't be remembered for offensive brilliance.

But what he did next was unforgettable.

A sensational block on a dunk try. An assist to set up a 3-pointer. A deflection, a runout and then a slam of his own, twisting on the rim and waving his arms for good measure as the Miami Heat celebrated. The best player in the game saved his best for last, sealing what became a blowout win for the Heat.

When the Heat lose games, they typically respond by blowing out their next opponent, and this one was no different. Mario Chalmers scored 19 points, Ray Allen added 13, Chris Bosh had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Dwyane Wade finished with 10 points.

The Heat were balanced, efficient and rode a huge 19-2 edge in points off turnovers.

Nonetheless, this game's signature sequence was turned in by James starting with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Tiago Splitter tried to dunk on him, which was the mistake James needed someone to make.

He blocked Splitter's dunk at the rim, standing behind the play as the building started to roar. When he rejoined the play, he found Allen for a 3-pointer that gave the Heat a 22-point lead. On the next possession, he got his hand on the ball for a deflection that led to a turnover, and Mike Miller rewarded him with an over-the-head pass down the floor.

James was all alone, went up for a slam as he faced the Heat bench, then spun around before landing in the other direction. The Spurs emptied their bench not long afterward.

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