Whilst Game One was dominated by storylines revolving around what happened off the court, Game Two got back to the action on it.
Early on the Spurs looked to be in control and destined to take a commanding 2-0 lead before traveling to South Beach as Tim Duncan made several plays early in the game on his way to tying Magic Johnson for the most double-doubles in NBA playoff history (157).
But games don't last just twelve minutes.
As the contest progressed (and the seesaw tilted back and forth) LeBron James showed why he's the most dominating player in the league today before finishing 14 of 22 from the field (63.6%), for a game-high 35 points along with 10 boards.
(It should also be noted that the Spurs missed four consecutive free throws in the second half; two each by Tony Parker and Duncan. We're no math majors but in a two-point loss, that somehow seems relevant.)
Have to wonder if 4 missed FTs by Parker and Timmy and that LeBron 3 add up to a series changing sequence...Spurs should have been up 6— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) June 9, 2014
The failure to capitalize at the line left Miami a pulse and, with a little over a minute left, they took the lead for good after Chris Bosh sunk a three from the corner to put them up 95-93.
After a Heat free throw, San Antonio did find themselves with a slim hope, but that was dashed when Bosh found Dwyane Wade down low for a wide open layup to essentially ice the game 98-93 with 9.4 seconds left (though we believe we saw LeBron try to call a timeout that the refs apparently missed). Either way as fans with no rooting interest, we appreciate a tight series. After tonight's game, we feel that's an appropriate adjective.
With tonight's 'W' Miami finds themselves in a favorable position by usurping homecourt from the Western Conference champs. San Antonio's definitely feeling the...something hot, as they head into Game Three on Tuesday night. We can't predict that this'll go seven, but the fact that it won't be a sweep prevents even the most casual of us fans from seeing what else is on. If every game was as good as tonight, we could be in for a classic.
We'd tell you to stay tuned but--well--no shit.