6.9.14: NBA series tied up
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The air conditioning worked just fine in San Antonio’s AT&T Center Sunday night, but it couldn’t stop LeBron James from heating up.
The NBA Finals are tied at one game apiece after LeBron James scored 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Miami’s 98-96 win over the Spurs. James shot 14-for-22 from the field, including all three of his 3-point attempts. He scored eight points in the final 7:14, one game after a faulty air condition system in the building led to leg cramps that caused James to miss the final four minutes. The Heat trailed by two when he left the game and wound up losing by 15.
The game turned in the Heat’s favor midway through the fourth quarter after Manu Ginobili hit two free throws to put the Spurs ahead 87-85. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan each missed two free throws during a nine-second span before James drained a 3-pointer to put Miami ahead. But the Heat didn’t go ahead to stay until Chris Bosh hit a three with 1:18 remaining.
Bosh finished with 18 points, while Rashard Lewis and Dwyane Wade each had 14 for Miami.
Parker had a team-high 21 points for the Spurs, while Duncan added 19 and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Game 3 is Tuesday in Miami.