Notes, quotes, postscripts from the Heat's 114-104 Game 5 NBA Finals loss to the Spurs:
### So this is what happens when your MVP shoots 2 for 11 in the second half, when your point guard play is abysmal, when your defensive rotations are off and when your championship-caliber opponent shoots 60 percent and buries you in an avalanche of threes.
And so a team that won 27 in a row a few months ago hasn’t been able to win two in a row in 12 straight. That obviously must change, and immediately, or there will be no championship defense.
### After closing to within one, the Heat ultimately was undone by a 19-1 Spurs run late in the third and early in the fourth. Miami cut the deficit to eight late, but drew no closer.
“They absolutely outplayed us,” Erik Spoelstra said. “At times they were just picking one guy out at a time and going mano y mano. That will change.”
### The highest shooting percentage Miami allowed during the regular season was 58.1 in a late December loss to Detroit. The Spurs topped that, shooting 42 for 70.
### Since the NBA went to a 2-3-2 Finals format in 1985, three teams won an NBA Finals after trailing 3-2 with Games 6 and 7 at home: the 1988 Lakers, 1994 Rockets and 2010 Lakers.
### Dwyane Wade’s take: “We dug ourselves in a deep hole very early. We felt this was a game we could steal, but they continued to make shots. Their starters played big tonight. They’re a great team. We’re a great team as well.
“We’re going to make another adjustment. It’s going to be very small. Just like tonight the adjustment they made was throwing more isolations at Tony Parker. It didn’t necessarily win the ballgame, but it helped. It changed things.
“There were a lot of mental mistakes we made tonight. If we make those same mistakes again, it will be the same result. So we have to be more locked in from start to finish.”
### Wade, looking back to the 2011 Dallas series (when the Heat lost Game 5 in Texas and Game 6 in Miami): “We’ll challenge ourselves to see if we’re a better team than we were. We will see if we are a better ball club, better prepared for this moment… We’ll see which team, which style will prevail.”
### LeBron James’ take: “We can’t worry about a Game 7. We have to worry about a Game 6. I have to come up big, for sure, in Game 6…. We’re not playing well in the first quarter. We have to figure that out. We look forward to the challenge. We’ve been here before. We have an opportunity to do something special. We look forward to it.”
### James and Wade each scored 25 points in Game 5, but the perception of their nights differed, and justifiably so.
Wade was the more efficient player Sunday, dishing out 10 assists and finishing 10 for 22 from the field, with two blocks, a steal and four rebounds.
James, meantime, had a nightmarish second half, shooting 2 for 11 and closing 8 for 22 from the field. And in the first half, he didn’t make his usual impact in other facets of the game, going to halftime with one assist and no rebounds or steals.
### Chris Bosh managed just six points and one rebound in the second half, and overall, Tim Duncan outscored him (17 to 16) and out-rebounded him (12 to 6).
The Big Three’s combined scoring total of 66 points was 19 off their output in Game 4. And unlike Game 4, none of the three could make enough of an imprint on this game defensively, each victimized at various times.
“Everyone was taking turns breaking down our defense,” Spoelstra said. “Offensively, we weren’t very efficient.”
Danny Green, defended part of the game by Wade, scored 24, and James – who guarded an assortment of players – didn’t play at the level that allowed him to finish second in Defensive Player of the Year balloting.
“This is the kind of team that capitalizes on any mistake you make,” Wade said. “Danny Green is making shots – give him credit. We have to do a better job of knowing where their shooters are at all times. He got away from us a few times.”
### James’ biggest issue was his offensive inefficiency, surprising for a player that shot a career-high 56.5 percent this season.
He missed 8 of 9 shots during a lengthy stretch covering the entire third quarter and much of the fourth, including three misses – a 12-footer, a 5-footer and a layup -- during the Spurs’ 19-1 run to end the third and start the fourth.
Boris Diaw did an especially effective job defending James. LeBron shot 1 for 8 with Diaw guarding him, 7 for 14 against all other defenders.
### After making a three-pointer 43 seconds into the second half, James didn’t hit another shot until a layup with 3:27 left in the game, and the Heat down 17. His misses included – among others -- two threes, a layup and a two other shots from short range.
And after the Heat cut the Spurs’ lead to 11 soon after, James was called for a foul on a moving screen, negating a Ray Allen three-pointer with 2:23 left.
That epitomized a frustrating night for James that included three missed layups, an airball on a four-footer, an inability to convert an alley-oop from Mario Chalmers (the pass was hardly perfect) and not a single rebound in the first half.
This was especially disappointing: James came up empty during both of the Spurs’ monster runs -- both the 19-1 second-half burst and a 22-7 first-half spurt, during which James shot 0 for 3.
James had only one dominant stretch in the game, and it was too brief: a nine-point tear late in the first half. He finished with eight assists, six rebounds and four steals, but also three turnovers.
“I missed a lob, I missed two layups in the same possession,” James said. “D-Wade missed a couple of layups. Those we aren’t worried about. Those are shots we normally make.”
### As for Bosh, he took only three shots in the second half, making all of them, but didn’t assert himself on the boards, or defensively, like he did in Game 4.
Unlike earlier in the playoffs, he did most of damage in the paint. Five of his seven baskets were layups, put-backs or dunks, and another was a three footer. His other was on a hook shot.
### According to ESPN, the Heat shot 39.2 percent on drives to the basket – including 4 for 12 from James and Wade.
### With six three-pointers, Green broke Ray Allen’s previous record for most three-pointers in an NBA Finals.
“That will be something we have to correct,” Spoelstra said. “We just got to do it better, got to do it harder, be more committed. He’s getting some open looks, and he’s making some contested looks. But the open looks are the ones that are killing us.”
Green has 25 threes in this series – just three fewer than his total in the first three rounds combined.
### Allen, by the way, scored 21 points in 30 minutes, making all four of his three-pointers.
### Every Spurs starter scored between 16 and 26. Manu Ginobili, making his first start since the Western Conference Finals, scored 24 – after scoring 30 in the first four games.
He’s the first player to start a game in the Finals, after not starting a game all season, since Marcus Camby in 1999.