SAN ANTONIO — This has been a very even NBA Finals, outside the final five minutes of Game 1.
Game two has played out that way — San Antonio raced out to an 11 point lead early in the second quarter behind Tim Duncan getting shots at the rim, but the Heat came back as LeBron James attacked the rim himself.
The result is a 43-43 tie at halftime of Game 2.
Tony Parker has 12 points to lead the Spurs. LeBron had 13 points, Chris Bosh 10 for the Heat.
Early on the Spurs were sharp with their interior passing, they seemed unbothered by the Heat pressure, and the ball kept finding Tim Duncan. He was throwing down dunks, and once again getting his shots in the paint.
LeBron James started 1-of-4 shooting with a couple turnovers and came out with more than two minutes left in the first (early for him). With him out the Spurs stretched out their lead (thanks to Heat turnovers, they had 10 in the first half) and it was 26-19 after one quarter.
When LeBron came back in he was aggressive and just attacked the rim — 9 of his 11 first half shots came inside 8 feet. The Spurs continue to play up on him, not going under picks but trying to pressure him.
The game got a bit physical and chippy — it started to really feel like a playoff series — and the referees did a poor job trying to control it. They gave Duncan a technical, and Manu Ginobili picked up his third foul on a flop by Dwyane Wade that should earn a fine.