Notes, quotes and postscripts from the Heat’s 103-84 thrashing of San Antonio in Game 2 of the NBA Finals:
### The Heat entered having won its previous 10 games after a loss, by an average margin of 19.9 points. So it was appropriate the Heat won this one by 19.
During the playoffs, the Heat has followed its losses with wins by margins of 37, 18, 11, 23 and 19.
“Miami played their ass off,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Miami did a hell of a job.”
And that about covers it.
### That 33-5 Heat eruption that began late in the third quarter and extended into the fourth was a sight to behold, as Miami turned a 62-61 deficit into a 27-point romp.
The Heat shot 12 for 13 --- including 5 for 5 on threes – during that run. James was 5 for 5 for 11 points in that stretch, and Chalmers had eight, with both especially effective in pick and rolls together.
And what did the Spurs do during that run? Two for 10 shooting, with six turnovers.
### James overcame a 2-for-12 start from the field to close 7 of 17, with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, three steals and three blocks.
“Offensively, it was a struggle for me,” he said. “Couldn’t make a shot, missed layups. They packed the paint on me. My shooters just need a little bit of room. This team has been set up the right way, where when I do attract attention, we have guys who can make plays. What helped me late in the third was the pocket pass from Rio.”
James’ signature play of the night was an elevating, electrifying block of a Tiago Splitter shot at the rim with the Heat ahead 86-67. Ray Allen then hit a three at the other end.
“I said you’ll end up on SportsCenter one way or another – you’ll either get dunked on or get a block,” LeBron said. “I pride myself on that side of the floor. I was going to protect the rim as best I could.”
### Chalmers was terrific, with 19 points and no turnovers – a game reminiscent of his 25-point performance in Game 4 of last year’s Finals. He outscored Tony Parker, 19-13, and played a cleaner floor game.
“Rio has to play big for us in multiple facets,” James said. “Defensively, he’s guarding arguably the best point guard in the league. He has to attack Parker on the offensive end. He can’t be passive.”
Chalmers was far from passive, attacking the basket, just as he has done with more regularity the past two weeks.
Late in the third, Chalmers told James: “Let’s go for the kill.”
James said: “I’m with you.”
### Mike Miller again validated the Heat’s decision to remove him from mothballs, with nine points (3 for 3 shooting) and a steal in 15 minutes.
“We want him on the floor,” James said. “He can shoot the ball from anywhere, rebound at a high clip.”
### The Heat was 10 for 19 on three-pointers, with Chalmers going 2 for 4 and Ray Allen 3 for 5 on a 13-point night.
### Dwyane Wade went scoreless in the second half, on 0 for 3 shooting, but was forceful before intermission, with 10 points, four assists and several determined drives to the basket. "I was aggressive in looking for my shot and finding my teammates shots," he said. "That's what my team needed from me."
### Chris Bosh broke out of his rebounding malaise with 10 boards, his third-most this postseason. And Bosh, who entered in a 14 for 50 shooting slump, shot 6 for 10 on a 12-point night. The Heat has now won 30 in a row when Bosh shoots at least 50 percent.
### The Spurs’ supporting cast certainly did its part Sunday. There were five three-pointers and a perfect shooting night from Danny Green, 14 rebounds and stout defense from Kawhi Leonard. Heck, even Gary Neal outscored LeBron in the first half (no joke).
But that wasn’t enough, not nearly enough, certainly not on a night the Spurs’ Big Three played as poorly as it did, and not on a night the Spurs were so careless with the ball.
“We have no shot of winning a game against them if none of us play good,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said of himself, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.
“You need to shoot well and take care of the ball, and if you turn it over the way we did tonight and don’t shoot well, it’s a bad combination,” Popovich said.
### After committing just four turnovers in Game 1, the Spurs turned it over 17 times, leading to 19 Heat points. And the Spurs shot just 41 percent – a robust 10 for 20 on threes, but just 22 for 58 on two-pointers. The Heat closed at 49.4 percent.
### Ginobili summed it well: “You don’t want to come out and perform like this. In the second half, they just ran us over. Their pressure got us on our heels. Rotations were late. It was their whole team just killing us. Offensively, they did everything they wanted.
“Very poor second half. It’s disappointing. You’re in an NBA Finals. You don’t want to play like this. You don’t want to give them that much confidence.”
### During that 33-5 Heat stampede, Ginobili was 0 for 2 with a turnover, Parker 1 for 3 with a turnover and Duncan 0 for 1 with a turnover.
That was quite appropriate, considering all three had subpar nights.
Duncan closed with 9 points, missing 10 of 13 shots, though he did corral 11 rebounds. “I played awfully,” he said.
Parker shot 5 for 14 with as many turnovers (five) as assists (five). “They played great defense tonight, were very aggressive on the pick and rolls and all our drives,” Parker said. “Turnovers were the biggest thing, and that starts with me.”
Meanwhile, Ginobili shot just 2 for 6, with three turnovers on a five-point night. “Tony, Manu and Timmy were 10 for 33,” Popovich pointed out.
### Surprisingly, it was Green who led the Spurs in scoring with 17, on 6 for 6 shooting. He was 5 for 5 on threes, setting a Finals record for most threes without a miss. The previous record was four, held by Boston’s Scott Wedman (1985) and Paul Pierce (2008).
### Encouraging from a Heat perspective: There have been 12 Finals starting 1-1 since the NBA went to a 2-3-2 format in 1985. The home team’s record in Game 3 of those series is 3-9. And the winner of those Game 3s has won 11 of the 12 series.