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Heat 98, Spurs 96: LeBron James roars back in Game 2

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

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Miami celebrates winning Game 2 of the NBA Finals. (USATSI)

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SAN ANTONIO -- In an instant classic, the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 98-96 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals to even the series 1-1. LeBron James, one game after CrampGate, felt pretty good, scoring 35 points with 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals on 14-of-22 shooting. He relentlessly attacked the Spurs inside for a half, and then when the Spurs' defense collapsed, went to his jumper in the second half.

It was a back-and-forth affair that saw a sublime performance from Tony Parker (21 points, seven assists) and Tim Duncan (18 points on 50 percent shooting, 15 rebounds). There were 17 lead changes and 12 ties. After San Antonio built a double-digit lead early in the first half, the Heat battled back and stuck there throughout the game, before James took over in the second half.

Despite reducing their turnovers to 11, the Spurs lost the ball several times late in the game, and that was the key. When San Antonio's defense broke down late in the game, James dished to Chris Bosh, whose 3-pointer gave the Heat their final lead.

The series shifts to Miami for Game 3 on Tuesday and, once again, it appears that we're in for a classic series between these two brilliant teams.

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