James had a massive game after pulling up with cramp in Game 1.
James’ night started slowly though. He missed his first 3 shots of the game and went 1-4 during the quarter. Also committing 3 turnovers, he clearly wasn’t happy with himself and he came out a different player in the 2nd quarter, scoring 11 points on 7 shots while attacking the rim at will.
The 3rd quarter, however, was when LeBron really hit his stride. During a 2 minute window James hit 5 straight jump shots, including 2 for beyond the three-point line, despite some smothering defence from Kawhi Leonard. James was unstoppable during this period, playing with utter confidence and executing with ease.
Despite James’ efforts, the Heat found themselves down by 2 points with 6:43 left in the 4th quarter thanks to some superb offensive possessions by the Spurs. However, after the Spurs missed 4 crucial free throws, LeBron scored 5 straight points, followed by his biggest play of the night 2:30 minutes later.
With the Heat down by 1, he drove to the basket and kicked the ball out to a wide open Chris Bosh who drained a 3-pointer to give the Heat a crucial lead with 1:18 remaining. Some excellent Heat defence then sealed the ballgame.
His usual efficient self, LeBron hit 14 of his 22 shots, including all 3 of his three-point attempts, as well his dishing out 3 assists. As well as his stellar offensive play, James played superbly on the defensive end, pulling down 10 rebounds and making 2 steals.
A special night for the King, one could see James asserting his will on the game in a way that only a select group of players have ever been able to do on the biggest stage.
The series will now move back to Miami where the Heat will hope to take both home games and give themselves a 3-1 lead. Though, if we look back to last year we’ll see that despite Miami levelling the series in Game 2, the Spurs bounced back to trounce Miami in the American Airlines arena and one can bank on the Spurs arriving in San Antonio with equal intensity on Tuesday.