This time, there were no broken air conditioners or untimely bouts of cramp.
This time, LeBron James came out of the halftime locker-room and took control of the game, reminding the world of his prodigious talent.
James scored 35 of his 36 points in the second half, including a mesmerizing third-quarter 8-0 run as he hit five consecutive shots in the period.
The game was not just about James’ excellence, as he relied heavily on his teammates to pull him across the line.
Chris Bosh scored 18 points and was responsible for the final five Heat points, scoring a corner three and assisting on a Dwyane Wade layup with ten seconds to play to put Miami up by five.
Wade scored 14 points, matched by Rashard Lewis as both shot 5-9 from the field.
The Spurs could not replicate their stunning shooting performance from Game 1, hitting just 43 percent of their shots compared to Miami’s 53 percent. The Heat also enjoyed a critical advantage at the free-throw line, converting 16 of their 21 attempts to San Antonio’s 12-20.
Tony Parker took a nasty hit in the ribs from Mario Chalmers late in the fourth quarter, missing both flagrant-foul free-throws en route to a 21-point, 7-assist night.
Tim Duncan was once again consistent, but the Spurs looked elsewhere down the stretch, falling in love with perimeter offense. Duncan added 18 points and 15 rebounds.
San Antonio scored just 34 points in the paint and took 26 of their 82 shots from beyond the three-point line, knocking down just eight triples.
The Heat’s victory allows them to extend their run to 13 consecutive wins following a playoff loss.
LeBron James: 36 points, 14-22 FGS, 10 rebounds, 3 assists
Chris Bosh: 18 points, 6-11 FGS, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Dwyane Wade: 14 points, 5-9 FGS, 7 rebounds, 4 assists
San Antonio Spurs:
Tim Duncan: 18 points, 7-14 FGS, 15 rebounds
Manu Ginobilli: 19 points, 7-15 FGS, 4 assists
Tony Parker: 21 points, 8-15 FGS, 7 assists
Game 3 @MIA: Tuesday, June 10th. Tip: 8pm ET.