Heat turn it up against Spurs in Game 2 to even up NBA Finals

Heat forward LeBron James blocks a shot by Spurs centre Tiago Splitter during Game 2 of the NBA...

Heat forward LeBron James blocks a shot by Spurs centre Tiago Splitter during Game 2 of the NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena in Miami, June 9, 2013. (MIKE SEGAR/Reuters)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:16 PM ET

MIAMI - In the midst of what might have been the worst post-season game of his career, LeBron had had enough.

As a result, the NBA Finals is tied at a game apiece following Miami’s 103-84 demolition of the Spurs, with the next three slated for San Antonio, starting Tuesday night.

Scoreless until the end of the first quarter. Without a point rebound or assist until halfway through that frame, with just four points on 2-for-7 shooting in the half, the media’s daggers were being sharpened.

There was going to be ample talk of a choke, a no-show when it mattered most.

Then, the world’s best basketball player went supernova.

It started in the third, when James finally decided to attack the rim, choosing to go around — and sometimes right through San Antonio’s defenders, helping the Heat withstand a barrage of Spurs three-pointers.

Though James shot just 1-for-6 in the frame, with four points and four rebounds, his defence picked up and it was clear he was ready to ignite.

First, he hit a jumper. Next, he found Mike Miller for three. Then a layup and another assists, followed by the show-stoppers.

Brazilian Spurs centre Tiago Splitter made the mistake of trying to reverse the momentum of an 11-2 Heat run by dunking on James. Bad idea. James rose up right above the rim, meeting Splitter with his full hand around the ball.


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