LeBron James soars over the first row of fans while chasing a loose ball.
Thursday’s pair of games saw both the Heat and Spurs take 2-0 leads over the Nets and Trail Blazers, respectively.
LeBron James led Miami to a 94-82 victory with 22 points, three assists and four rebounds in 39 minutes. It was a fairly off night for James (relatively speaking, of course), as he struggled with his jumper for most of the game. Chris Bosh added 18 points and six rebounds, while Dwyane Wade chipped in 14 points, seven assists and seven boards. Ray Allen hit 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, finishing with 13 points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench.
Brooklyn was paced by Mirza Teletovic‘s 20 points (7-12 FG, 6-9 3Pt) off the bench, as the starting five continued to struggle. Joe Johnson and Shaun Livingston combined for 28 points, but Deron Williams was held scoreless on 0-of-9 shooting. Kevin Garnett scored just four points, while Paul Pierce added 13, going 5-of-11 from the field.
The series now heads to the Barclays Center for Game 3 on Saturday night.
In San Antonio, the Spurs were again able to control LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, cruising to a 114-97 victory. Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 20 points to go with five rebounds, while Tony Parker added 16 points and 10 assists. Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli combined for 29 points off the bench, hitting four of San Antonio’s 12 threes on the night.
After a strong Game 1, Aldridge struggled to find a rhythm in Game 2, connecting on just 6-of-23 field goal attempts. He finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds and got to the line only four times – tied for his fewest this postseason. Lillard, unable to get to the basket as frequently as the last series, was held to 19 points, five rebounds and five assists. Nic Batum led the Blazers with 21 points and nine rebounds, and Wes Matthews contributed 14 points and seven boards. Little-used reserve Will Barton chipped in 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting in 12 minutes.
Game 3 is Saturday night as the series shifts to Portland.