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Miami ties NBA Finals series

LeBron James tallied 35 points and had 10 rebounds as the Miami Heat bounced back with a vengeance by beating the San Antonio Spurs 98-96 in game two of the NBA finals.

Chris Bosh finished with 18 points and Rashard Lewis and Dwyane Wade each scored 14 points on Sunday for the Heat who evened the series at 1-1.

The series shifts to Miami for game three tomorrow.

James shot 14-of-22 from the field in 38 minutes of playing time and was the biggest factor when the game was on the line in the fourth.

It is a role James has played consistently throughout his career but one he was prevented from performing in a 110-95 loss in game one after the air conditioning system at the AT and T Center failed.

The air conditioner was back on and keeping things cool unlike in game one when a broken cooling system affected the outcome. The Heat were ahead by seven in the fourth about the same time James started cramping up as the Spurs went on win.

Temperatures in the arena yesterday hovered around 21 degrees Celsius, compared to 30-plus on game one.

Tim Duncan paced the Spurs attack with 18 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

Duncan recorded the 157th career playoff double double to tie him for the most all-time with Magic Johnson. Duncan has scored in double figures in 222 of his 231 career playoff games.

Tony Parker finished with 21 points and seven assists while Manu Ginobili came off the bench to score 19 points for the Spurs, who are trying to win their fifth NBA title since 1999 after losing in seven games to the Heat last season.

San Antonio committed 11 turnovers yesterday for a total of 33 in the first two games of the series.

"LeBron did a great job at his end and we had to be really perfect at the other end and we didn't," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "The ball stuck to us. We tried to do it individually and we are not good enough to do that."

This is the first NBA finals rematch since the Chicago Bulls battled the Utah Jazz in 1997 and 1998.

The Heat lost the finals in 2011 then won back-to-back titles in 2012 and last season.

Bosh rattled in the go-ahead basket with 78 seconds to go, connecting on a 23-foot jumper from beyond the arc to give the Heat a 95-93 lead.

Bosh then made a nice feed to Wade in close for a field goal to give Miami a five point cushion with nine seconds left.

Ginobili drained a three pointer at the buzzer to cap the scoring as the time ran down on the Spurs.*AFP

 

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