Game 2 By The Numbers
By Brian Martin
Here are the 20 numbers you need to know from Miami's 98-96 win in Game 2 of the 2014 NBA Finals.
Since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Miami, the Heat have lost the opening game of a series six times. With the win tonight, they have followed the loss with a win in Game 2 every time. In the previous five series in which the Heat dropped Game 1, they have gone on to win the series. Will that trend hold up in this series?
The Miami Heat have played 47 playoff games without consecutive losses, the third-longest streak in NBA Playoff history (per Elias).
1962-66 Celtics: 54 games
1990-93 Bulls: 52 games
2012-14 Heat: 47 games
With their win on Sunday, the Miami Heat have now won at least one road game in 16 straight playoff series, the longest streak in NBA history (per Elias).
The Miami Heat have now won 13 straight postseason games following a playoff loss.
LeBron James scored 33 of his game-high 35 points after the first quarter. James had just two points on 1-of-4 (25%) shooting in the opening period, but then scored 33 points on 13-of-18 (72.2%) shooting the remainder of the game.
Tim Duncan had 18 points and 15 rebounds in Game 2, his second straight double-double in the series and the 157th of his playoff career, tying him with Magic Johnson for the most ever in NBA Playoff history.
LeBron James' on-court/off-court Net Ratings through the first two games of the Finals. The Heat have outscored the Spurs by 6.4 points per 100 possessions with LeBron on the court and have been outscored by 37.7 points per 100 possessions when LeBron sits.
The Miami Heat shot 37-of-70 (52.9%) from the field in Game 2, with their top six players in terms of minutes played (the starting five and Ray Allen off the bench) all over 50%.
LeBron James: 14-22 (63.6%)
Ray Allen: 4-7 (57.1%)
Dwyane Wade: 5-9 (55.6%)
Rashard Lewis: 5-9 (55.6%)
Chris Bosh: 6-11 (54.5%)
Mario Chalmers: 2-4 (50.0%)
The remaining three players that attempted at least one shot -- Chris Andersen (1-4), Norris Cole (0-2) and James Jones (0-2) combined to shoot 1-of-7 (14.3%).
With 6:43 remaining in the game and the Spurs leading 87-85, Mario Chalmers was called for a flagrant foul on Tony Parker for an elbow to Parker midsection. The result was two free throws for Parker and the possession for the Spurs. With a chance to extend their lead to six points, the Spurs missed four consecutive free throws -- Parker missed both of his attempts from the flagrant foul, and Duncan missed a pair after being fouled on a shot attempt. Rather than facing a six-point deficit, the Heat remained down just two points and took the lead on their next possession with a 3-pointer by LeBron James.
For the game, the Spurs shot just 12-of-20 (60%) from the free throw line, while the Heat converted on 16-of-21 (76.2%).
As John Schuhmann details in The Finals Stat, LeBron James hit 8-of-11 field goal attempts outside of the paint in the second half. That is more baskets from outside the paint than the rest of his teammates hit all game (7-of-28).
LeBron James led the game with a plus/minus of plus-11, followed by Ray Allen (plus-9) and Rashard Lewis (plus-8). The Heat were outscored with Chris Bosh (minus-11) and Dwyane Wade (minus-8) on the floor.
The Heat scored 44 points in the paint in Game 2, besting the Spurs by 10 points. In Game 1, it was the Spurs that won the points in the paint battle (48-36) and went on to win the game. Looking back at last year's Finals matchup between these two teams, the winner of the points in the paint won five of the seven games in the series.
Chris Bosh took just two 3-point attempts in Game 2, both came from the right corner on back-to-back possessions in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Despite Bosh missing his first attempt with 2:07 to play, James did not hesitate to go back to Bosh on the Heat's next possession. James drove the lane to collapse the defense and kicked it out to Bosh for the open look. Bosh knocked the second attempt down with 1:18 to play and put the Heat up for good (95-93).
Including the regular season and Finals, Bosh has shot 32-of-48 (66.7%) overall against the Spurs this season, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range.
As for the right corner 3, Bosh hit that shot at just 27.3% (9-of-33) during the regular season, his lowest mark of any spot on the floor. He was much better from the left corner at 47.6% (10-of-21). However, during the playoffs, Bosh has been on fire from both corners, knocking down 5-of-7 (71.4%) from the left and 9-of-17 (52.9%) from the right, including the clutch basket on Sunday.
For the second straight game, no player traveled further than Tony Parker, who logged two-and-a-half miles in Game 2. LeBron James was a close second at 2.4 miles.
With seven assists in Game 2, Tony Parker passed Michael Jordan (1,022) for eighth on the all-time list in postseason assists. Meanwhile, LeBron James is close to cracking the top 10, as he currently sits just one assist shy of Dennis Johnson (1,006) for 10th on the all-time list.
Parker passed another Bulls legend on the all-time playoff scoring list on Sunday, eclipsing Scottie Pippen as the 13th all-time leading scoring in NBA Playoff history with 3,655 points.
After committing 23 turnovers in Game 1, the Spurs limited their miscues in Game 2, committing just 11 turnovers that led to only five Miami points. On the other hand, the Spurs forced 16 Heat turnovers and converted them into 14 points.
The Spurs bench contributed 37 points in Game 2, thoroughly outplaying the Heat bench, which scored just 12 points on Sunday. Manu Ginobili led the way with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting. After leading the Spurs with 11 assists in Game 1, Ginobili was limited to four assists in Game 2.
LeBron James posted the highest usage rate of any player in Game 2, using nearly 40 percent of all Miami possessions while he was on the floor. Meanwhile, the Spurs were led by Manu Ginobili, who used 36.8% of San Antonio possessions during his 28 minutes on the court.
Ray Allen has now hit 50 career 3-pointers in the NBA Finals and needs just six more to pass Robert Horry for the all-time NBA Finals record.
With the series tied at one, the focus now lies on Game 3, which has proven to be pivotal in NBA Finals history. The winner of Game 3 in a tied NBA Finals has gone on to win the series 30 out of 36 times (83.3%).