Miami Heat forward LeBron James has said he's "looking forward to the challenge" of attempting to overturn their 3-2 scoreline in the NBA Finals.

Heat lost 114-104 to San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night and now need to win the next two games, the first of which is in Miami on Tuesday.

But James, the reigning NBA MVP, says he's looking forward to the challenge of overturning the deficit.

"We look forward to the challenge," James said in the post-match conference. "We've been here before. We've been on both sides of the fence. …We got an opportunity to do something special."

James has had an inconsistent post-season so far with some match-winning performances but also some disappointing displays. James knows that he needs to provide a couple of series winning performances to lead his team to glory.

"I have to come up big, for sure in Game 6," James said. "But I believe we all have to play at a high level in order to keep the series going. So me being one of the leaders of this team, I do put a lot of pressure on myself to force a Game 7, and I look forward to the challenge."

The Heat were in this position in 2011 after being 3-2 down to Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Like this year, Game 6 was in Miami as they hoped to even the series. But the night ended with the Mavericks celebrating in Miami after securing a 4-2 series win.

Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade hopes that they can achieve what they couldn't two years ago.

"We're in the same position going back home with Game 6 on our home floor," Wade said.

"So we're going to see if we're a better ball club and if we're better prepared for this moment. Everything happens for a reason. And this is not a bad reason at all to go home for Game 6 on your home floor."

The Spurs were lethal in attack during Game 5 with Manu Ginobili's 24 points helping them to a total of 114. It was the most points scored against the Heat during post-season after the 113 they scored in Game 3.

Heat forward Chris Bosh knows that his side under performed defensively.

"It was pretty obvious that we didn't give the same defensive effort that we had in Game 4, and they picked us apart," the Heat forward said. "We didn't have the same effort from the get-go, and we waited until we were down double-digits to respond.

And on the road we can't do that. From here on out we can't continue to shoot ourselves in the foot like that."

Miami Heat need to take advantage of their home crowd but they do have a good record in Miami during the playoffs. In their 11 matches at home they have won eight and will be needing to win two consecutive home matches to clinch the NBA Finals.

 

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