LeBron James scored 35 points with 10 rebounds to lead the Miami Heat to a 98-96 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game Two of the NBA Finals on June 8 in San Antonio. The best-of-seven series is tied, 1-1.

The Spurs led 87-85 with six minutes left in the game but missed four straight free throws, all by veterans Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, and James made them pay with a three-pointer to push Miami ahead, 88-87. The Heat maintained control for the rest of the game, as the Spurs missed key shots down the stretch.

James successfully redeemed himself after missing key closing moments of Game One due to severe leg cramps. James scored 27 points in the first three quarters of Game Two and finished with eight points in the fourth quarter.

Forward Chris Bosh followed with 18 points for the Heat, including a huge, game-deciding three-pointer that pushed Miami ahead 95-93 with a minute left in the game. Guard Dwyane Wade scored 14 points for Miami.

Parker led the Spurs with 21 points, but had his shot blocked by James on a key possession in the waning minutes. Guard Manu Ginobli had 19 points and Duncan scored 18 points with 15 rebounds.

Miami will host Game Three on Tuesday June 10. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor