Tim Duncan had 11 points on 5-6 shooting in the first quarter of tonight's NBA Finals including an emphatic dunk putback helping the Spurs to a 26-19 lead after one.
LeBron James was aggressive getting to the rim but was just 1-4 in the quarter for 2 points.
King James responded in the second going 5-7 and finished the half with 13 as the two teams went into the locker room tied at 43.
Similar to Tim Duncan, LeBron James was able to get to the rim repeatedly in the first half pic.twitter.com/Pak5v3Owl3— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 9, 2014
Kawhi Leonard hit two big threes in the span of two minutes midway in the third which were answered by four straight jumpers from James including two threes of his own.
The LeBron show continued as he finished the quarter 6-7 all on jumpers. Still, the Heat trailed by one 78-77 when the third quarter buzzer sounded thanks to some key 3s from Patty Mills off the bench.
Speaking of, at this point in the game the Spurs bench had outscored the Heat bench 27-10 (9 from Ray Allen).
Spurs had a chance to put some distance on the Heat in the final period while leading by two when Mario Chalmers was called for a flagrant 1 offensive foul.
However, Tony Parker missed both free throw attempts and Tim Duncan subsequently missed two more.
As a result, LeBron hit another big 3 with Kawhi Leonard right in his face to give the Heat a one point lead with 6:11 remaining.
The game went back and forth until Chris Bosh hit a 3 from the right corner with 1:18 to go to give Miami a two point lead they would never relinquish on their way to a 98-96 victory.
LeBron finished the game with 35 points and 10 rebounds.
Game 3 takes place Tuesday in Miami 9 p.m. E.T. on ABC.
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