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Heat hit back in blowout Game Two win

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The Miami Heat evened the NBA Finals at 1-1 with a blowout Game Two victory over the San Antonio Spurs at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Sunday night.

LeBron James had 17 points despite a rough shooting night for the reigning MVP, while Danny Green top scored for the Spurs with 17.

It was close for three quarters but a 33-5 Heat run in the second half blew the Spurs away - the Heat connected on five from five from three-point range and 12-13 from the field during the hot streak.

Tony Parker was held to 13 points, and Tim Duncan shot just three from 13 and finished with nine points and 11 rebounds.

At half time, Heat superstar James had just four points - the lowest total of his NBA Finals career - and missed 10 of his first 13 shots from the field through the first three quarters.

But he fired up at just the right time, and finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three blocks - the best of which on Tiago Splitter was a monster rejection that will be a highlight reel staple for years to come.

The Heat supporting cast, led by 19-point Mario Chalmers, carried the load during James' shooting funk, while Ray Allen chipped in with 13 and Chris Bosh put together a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Despite the excellent contributions from the Heat role players, the undoubted play of the night still belonged the James.

Splitter, on a pick and roll pass from Tony Parker, attempted to make a poster out of the Heat forward. But James rejected the dunk in stunning fashion, pausing afterwards to soak up the atmosphere and fire up the Heat crowd.

After their Game One triumph, based on tight passing, quick ball movement and limiting turnovers, the Spurs coughed up the ball 17 times in Game Two, and Chalmers felt the Heat had their opponents right where they wanted them.

"I felt like we had them on the ropes at the time," Chalmers told ESPN. "I told him [James], 'Let's go for the kill.' He said 'I'm with you.'"

Still, after the game James paid tribute to his teammates for putting together an excellent all round performance in what was a crunch game for the Heat - the next three matches are in San Antonio.

"Honestly, for me, when I was struggling offensively, my teammates continued to keep it in range," James said. "And we even had a lead at one point, especially late in the second quarter when we made that run and I was struggling a little bit.

"So I think Rio more than anybody kept us aggressive, him getting into the paint, him getting those and-ones and making a couple of threes. It allowed me to sit back and wait for my time." 

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