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After the controversial finish to game one with the AT&T Centre's air conditioning malfunctioning, Miami bounced back to put the heat on the San Antonio Spurs in game two and level the series 1-1 with a 98-96 victory on Sunday night at the AT&T Centre.

In game one, Spurs recorded a 110-95 victory, scoring 36 of those points in the fourth quarter, with Tim Duncan scoring 21 overall. 

While for Heat, LeBron James had to leave the field in the fourth due to cramp having only scored two points in the fourth, and 25 overall.

But after a poor start Sunday night Heat regained their momentum and went on to win a crucial game heading back to Miami for game three on Tuesday night, as James spoke to ESPN after the game and stated it is time to move on from what happened in game one:

"What happened on Thursday was Thursday, my whole focus was how I was going to try to help this team even this up and just try to make some plays."

James managed 35 points in game two despite the small forward having a poor start, only converting two points in the nine minutes he featured of the first quarter.

For Gregg Popovich's men meanwhile it is back to square one, and the Spurs will feel a chance to open their lead has now gone considering the next two games will be at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

Tim Duncan spoke to ESPN after the game and congratulated Miami for their accuracy at the basket:

"Down the end there they executed really well." Duncan said.

"LeBron made some great passes and guys made open shots. We had the same result in the first game. They kind of flipped it in this one."

Duncan got off to a flyer in the first quarter, scoring 11 points after converting five of his six attempted field goals, giving the hosts an early lead at 26-19.

Tony Parker added five to the board, while for Heat Rashard Lewis added six and Chris Bosh scored seven, as both Dwyane Wade and James could only score two points between each other.

In the second, James bounced back and silenced the taunting crowd to help Heat take the second quarter 24-17.

The 29-year-old scored 11 points converting five of his seven attempted field goals while Wade added six.

For the hosts it was a quiet quarter with Parker scoring seven with Manu Ginobili adding six, as the teams went in at half-time tied at 43-43.

The Spurs didn't want a repeat of game one - clinching the first quarter before losing periods two and three, and they prevented this by winning the third quarter 35-34.

Duncan scored seven in ten minutes, while Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills and Parker all added six. James scored 14 with Wade adding six to keep Heat in the game heading into the final 12.

Spurs had a one point lead over Heat at 78-77 but slipped up when it really mattered, as Erik Spoelstra's men secured the fourth 21-18.

James featured for nine minutes and scored eight with Bosh adding six, while for the hosts Ginobili tried a spirited fight back by scoring seven but it wasn't enough to send the game into overtime.

Spurs now travel to Miami and Tuesday night will feel like game one all over again, as the upcoming week will determine whether San Antonio can handle to storm and remain in the series.

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Dwyane Wade
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NBA Finals
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Tim Duncan
San Antonio Spurs
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