MIAMI — For two days, the thought was that LeBron James needed to do more for his teammates.
James missed 10 of 13 shots through three quarters and the Heat trailed by a point late in the period before unleashing the lethal brand of basketball that led them to a franchise-record 66 wins this season.
“I already know what we have here,” James said. “Like I said, I don’t really read into it of what people want more of me or whatever the case may be. I will continue to find my shooters, if they’re open, and I will continue to try to put pressure on the defense. If I draw two, I’ll find my shooters. I have confidence they’re going to knock them down. They did that tonight.”
Eventually, so did James.
“Honestly, for me, when I was struggling offensively, my teammates continued to keep it in range,” James said. ” And we even had a lead at one point, especially late in the second quarter when we made that run and I was struggling a little bit.
“So I think Rio more than anybody kept us aggressive, him getting into the paint, him getting those and-ones and making a couple of 3s. It allowed me to sit back and wait for my time.”
The Heat made 10 of 19 3-pointers and got 13 points from Ray Allen, and 12 points and 10 rebounds from the previously slumping Chris Bosh.
Danny Green made all six shots, including five 3-pointers, and scored 17 points for the Spurs. They host Game 3 on Tuesday night.