With Game 1 complete the Miami Heat were 1-0 down to the Indiana Pacers, whilst MVP Kevin Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder also trailed to the San Antonio Spurs. We round-up the action from Game 2.
All-Star duo LeBron James and Dwayne Wade ensured that the Miami Heat took a tied series back to the American Airlines Arena on Saturday night. James got 22 and Wade 23 but it was the timing of those points that was more important.
LeBron scored six of a 12-2 run followed by the pair hitting the Heat's last 20 points which edged them to an 87-83 victory at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday. Indiana stayed in the game until the late rally, and Lance Stephenson's 25 with six rebounds ensured a tense finale.
After a tight first quarter saw Pacers with a one point lead, Miami turned up the heat to lead by four at half time. This sparked the home side into life and they came out after the interval and proceeded to flip the scoreline around and open the fourth 63-62 ahead.
That was the signal for the coveted Heat stars to take a strangle hold of the game when their team needed it most. Winning the fourth quarter by five points meant that the visitors had clawed back the deficit and won by four.
The victory means that Miami now hope to capitalise on the home court advantage they gained with victory ahead of Games 3 and 4 in the Eastern conference taking place in their back yard on Saturday and Monday.
A Serge Ibaka-less Oklahoma City Thunder again found themselves unable to handle the San Antonio Spurs, as they took a thrashing at the AT&T Center on Wednesday. Tony Parker made the most of the space normally denied him by Ibaka to score 22 as the Spurs ended up on the right side of a 112-77 rout.
Danny Green shot seven 3-pointers for 21 points, whilst Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw all scored 11 or more, the latter two doing so from the bench. The home side's victory ensured that they took full advantage of the home court in the first two matches.
The normally efficient MVP Kevin Durant and his partner Russell Westbrook struggled to get to their normal heights, both ending the match with 15 points, although Westbrook also had 5 assists and rebounds.
Between them though, the pair struggled and Westbrook even showed some frustration towards his team-mate during the match. OKC will be hoping that the two reconcile ahead of Sunday's Game 3, knowing that they need a win in their next two matches to avoid elimination.
The Spurs must not let their concentration slip in the next couple of matches, as they will know that the victories will not come as easily as they have so far.
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