NBA Finals: Heat 103, Spurs 84: Super Mario power up

Chalmers fills in for James as Miami evens series at 1
2013-06-10T00:00:00Z NBA Finals: Heat 103, Spurs 84: Super Mario power upJoseph Goodman The Miami Herald Arizona Daily Star
June 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MIAMI - The other guys evened the series.

For much of Sunday's pivotal Game 2 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James was in a postseason trance unlike anything he has experienced since the 2011 Finals. He finally snapped out of it, but by that time it didn't really matter. Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller and Ray Allen had already put the game away.

In perhaps the biggest game of his professional career, Chalmers led all scorers with 19 points in the Heat's 103-84 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Tied 1-1, the best-of-seven series now shifts to Texas for three consecutive games before returning to Miami for Game 6 and Game 7, if necessary.

The way this series is going, the maximum number of games for the series seems inevitable.

With the Heat's offense in disarray in the third quarter, Chalmers stepped in for a struggling James as the catalyst. It was a bold move but not out of character for the starting point guard, who is known for his cocksure attitude.

Chalmers' three-point play gave Miami a 64-62 lead with 3:11 left in the third quarter. It sparked a rally that didn't really end until the final buzzer. After Chalmers stepped in, the Heat outscored the Spurs 42-22.

"You can't teach that quality, the big-game guts," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We have a lot of guys like that on this team. They feel the most alive when you should be feeling pressure."

All the talk entering Game 2 revolved around James' teammates doing more to help out their leader. Those players apparently were paying attention. James finished with 17 points, a postseason low, but enjoyed watching the blowout from the bench in the final minutes all the same. He also had eight rebounds and seven assists.

The Heat was 10 of 19 from three-point range with Miller, Allen and Chalmers combining to go 8 of 12 from distance. Miller went 3 of 3 from three-point range for nine points, and Allen was 5 of 8 overall for 13 points.

"That's why they're the defending champs," Spurs guard Tony Parker said. "They have great role players."

Miller's third three-pointer gave the Heat a 15-point lead with 10:31 to play, and Chalmers and James followed with baskets to complete a 14-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters. It gave the Heat an 84-65 lead with 9:11 to play.

Meanwhile, the Spurs were struggling through their own problems. Tim Duncan finished the game 3 of 13 from the field, and the Big 3 of Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili combined to score 23 points.

Up next

• Who: Heat at Spurs. Series tied 1-1

• When: 6 p.m. Tuesday • TV: Channel 9

Copyright 2014 Arizona Daily Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

NBA standings and stats








Follow the Arizona Daily Star

Featured businesses

View more...

Deals, offers & events

View more...