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NovaJames. Surprisingly, the Spurs didn't pack the paint or throw immediate backup when James attacked the basket, and he barreled and spun his way into the lane for easy baskets at the rim. By the fourth quarter, James was taking and making every ridiculous shot in the book with a hand in his face. How do you stop that?
Who? Before Wade hit two pretty shots late in the third, his most memorable moments were falling down on a crossover attempt and an egregious flop in the second quarter. Wade tweaked his knee near the end of the first half, but struggled long before that, and the Heat played their best with him riding the bench in the third.
Is he officially their second option now? He hit a dagger corner 3-pointer, followed it with an assist to a struggling Wade, and he put up arguably the top highlight of each half with two thunderous dunks in traffic. Going inside isn't normally his game, but as the old saying goes: If you can dunk on Tiago Splitter, you should slam on Tiago Splitter.
Five years ago, the Orlando Magic lost Game 2 of the 2009 NBA Finals, despite 34 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists from Rashard Lewis. That Lewis is long gone, but shockingly, Lewis has evolved into the Heat's fourth option in the twilight of his career. Raise your hand if you saw Rashard Lewis becoming a major factor in the 2014 NBA Finals. Hand down, liar.
Until the final few possessions, they were a collective, cohesive offensive unit, with the ideal mix of inside and outside, controlled and chaotic, extra passes and aggressive attacks. The Heat had to play ideal defense for 24 seconds on most possessions just to limit San Antonio to a halfway decent shot. But one team loses every game, and they couldn't get good shots to close out.