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NBA Finals Game 2: Heat quicker to the ball in first half

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

The Heat were a step faster to the ball in the first half of Game 2.   (USATSI)
The Heat were a step faster to the ball in the first half of Game 2. (USATSI)

MIAMI-- The first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat was another high-execution game on both ends Sunday, but Miami managed to take a little more control than it had in Game 1. Most important, the Spurs had seven turnovers to just eight assists in the half -- after just four turnovers in the first half of Game 1.

The Heat led 50-45 at halftime.

San Antonio shot 9 of 29 from inside the arc in the first half, including just 4 of 13 at the rim. LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Chris "Birdman" Andersen were active at attacking the Spurs guards when driving, and the Heat defense pushed the pick-and-roll much farther out.

Danny Green was the first-half bright spot for the Spurs, shooting 4 of 4 from 3, nailing corner 3s off blown rotations.

Meanwhile, James led the Heat at halftime with ... wait, no. James had just four points on 2-of-7 shooting, with four assists and just one rebound. No, the first-half hero for the Heat was Mario Chalmers (I'll let you read that again). Chalmers scored 10 points, while Dwyane Wade had 10 points on 10 shots.

Miami led points in the paint 26-14 at halftime.

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