Heat and Spurs locked in a battle inside as Duncan, LeBron lead

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

At halftime of Game 2 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio, the Spurs and Heat were tied after an up and down 24 minutes that saw the Spurs reach a double-digit lead only to see the Heat storm back twice. The runs were correlated with LeBron James. James was plus-10 at the half, and his impact on the game was obvious.

The real battle happened inside, as the Spurs are created points inside with Tim Duncan's continued brilliance and Tony Parker's slicing and dicing. The Heat attempted to front Duncan in the post by going small, but the Spur simply lobbed over it, resulting in this from Duncan:

But the Heat put in 28 points in the paint to San Antonio's 20 by attacking relentlessly. James and Chris Bosh combined for 18 of the 28 inside, and that was the only area where James was effective, or really, tried to be.

The fouls piled up as both teams got involved in the paint. For two teams that rely so much on the 3, they shot just 5-of-18 from deep in the first half. The Spurs cant play small, the Heat still can't contain the perimeter or stop Duncan. Both of those have been key storylines in this series so far.

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