LeBron puts Heat on his back to even series against Spurs

Miami Heat forward LeBron James drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi...

Miami Heat forward LeBron James drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard during Game 2 of the NBA Finals at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, June 8, 2014. (BOB DONNAN/USA Today)

Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:28 PM ET

SAN ANTONIO - Before Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, LeBron James said he was not quite feeling normal.

“Normal, ah, I wouldn’t say normal, but I feel alright,” was the response.

He meant he was still feeling some of the effects of the severe cramping that hobbled him in the opener. Once he hit the court, though, it soon became apparent that his game was anything but normal.

James dominated the Spurs with a mixture of ferocious slam dunks, three-point and mid-range swishes on the way to a stellar 35 point, 10 rebound performance, willing the Heat to a series-evening 98-96 victory.

While James carried the Heat all game, Chris Bosh gave him a big lift later, hitting a three-pointer with the Heat down one and 1:18 remaining to reach 18 points, then finding Dwyane Wade for a layup with 9.4 seconds left. In between, Manu Ginobili missed a jumper, James stormed down the court drawing two free throws and the Heat escaped, despite a Ginobili three at the buzzer.


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