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Final: Heat 103, Spurs 84

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  June 9, 2013 07:32 PM

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Final: Miami 103-84: The Heat end the game on a 42-22 run -- it was 30-5 at one point -- to cruise to the victory against a Spurs team that struggled all night to make an open shot. The Heat shot 49 percent, got double figure scoring from five players and received a combined 41 points and two turnovers from Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers.

Fourth quarter, 9:11, Miami 84-65: Celtics fans have seen this act before. The Heat are using defense to pull away in the fourth quarter and are on a 23-3 run since late in the third quarter. LeBron James refuses to get selfish, instead swinging passes to teammates and Mike Miller has hit a pair of big 3-pointers. Mario Chalmers leads Miami with 19 points.

End of third quarter, Miami 75-65: Mario Chalmers has been splendid tonight with a game-high 17 points. capped by a three-point play with 9.8 seconds left in the period for Miami's largest lead of the series. LeBron James has been erratic with 8 points on 3-for-13 shooting while Tim Duncan has just 9 points and Manu Ginobili has 5.

Third quarter, 3:11, Miami 64-62: The two teams are going back and forth but the heavy hitters are Danny Green for San Antonio and Mario Chalmers for Miami. LeBron James has reverted back to his 2011 NBA Finals form, with 6 points on 2-for-12 shooting. Tim Duncan has nearly matched that with 8 points on 3-for-12 shooting.

Third quarter, 7:43, Miami 54-53: The Heat jumped out to an 8-point lead but the Spurs have stormed back, thanks to another 3-pointer by Danny Green, his fifth, and San Antonio is 8-for-12 shooting from the 3-point line and 11-for-36 from 2-pointers. LeBron James is having one of those uh-oh games with 6 points on 2-for-10 shooting.

Halftime, Miami 50-45: The Heat end the half on a 5-0 run and shoot 51.2 percent, including 12-for-22 in the second period. The good news for Miami is LeBron James scored just 4 points with one rebound. Mario Chalmers and Dwyane Wade each tallied 10 points while Chris Andersen added 7 off the bench while Danny Green led the Spurs with 12 and Tony Parker added 10.

Second quarter, 1:55, Tied at 45: The Spurs are 7-for-10 from the 3-point line and are forcing LeBron James into tentative play. He has just 4 points on 2-for-6 shooting. Dwyane Wade leads the Heat with 8 points while Green has 12. The Spurs are 8-for-15 shooting in the quarter after 8-for-21 in the first period.

Second quarter, 5:00, Spurs 38-36: San Antonio is keeping the lead with 3-point shooting (6 of 8) while LeBron James is off to another slow start with just 4 points although the Heat are shooting 48 percent. Gary Neal has 8 points off the bench for the Spurs.

End of first quarter, tied at 22: It seems as if the Heat should lead by at least 5 points as they shot 47.4 percent and forced five Spurs turnovers, more than they committed all of Game 1. But the Spurs were 4-for-5 shooting from the 3-point stripe and 4-for-16 on 2-pointers. Danny Green hit three of those 3-pointers and has a game-high 9 points while Chris Bosh leads Miami with 6.

First quarter, 3:23, Heat 16-15: Danny Green has already canned three 3-pointers but the Heat are withstanding the long-range barrage by attacking the basket. LeBron James has attempted one shot and is scoreless but Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers have combined for 13 points.

The Spurs have a chance to take a 2-0 lead over the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat are in desperate mode, realizing that heading to San Antonio trailing two games to none could mean the end in the 2-3-2 format, Chris Bosh said this morning that the Heat need to play with a healthy "fear" tonight while the Spurs are intent on stealing another game in the series.

STARTING LINEUPS

San Antonio Spurs

PG Tony Parker
SG Danny Green
SF Kawhi Leonard
PF Tim Duncan
C Tiago Splitter


Miami Heat

PG Mario Chalmers
SG Dwyane Wade
SF LeBron James
PF Udonis Haslen
C Chris Bosh

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