Blog: LeBron stars, Heat win Game 2

After a slow start, LeBron James woke up in a big way in the second half as the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

It took three quarters for LeBron James to get going, but oh boy, did he get going.

James was instrumental during a game-breaking, 33-5 run late in the second half, scoring points, dishing out assists, and providing stellar defense as the Heat tore Game 2 of the NBA Finals open and routed the Spurs, 103-84.

The highlight of LeBron's surge was probably the block of the year. Tiago Splitter thought he had an easy, soaring slam dunk midway through the fourth quarter. He was wrong. LeBron did this to him:

Here is the defining moment, frozen for all time:

(Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)

Or wait, maybe the highlight was that AND1 Mixtape dunk LeBron and Mike Miller teamed up for during the epic game-changing run:

Here's a great image of the dunk, with the ball on its way to another ZIP code:

(Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)

Derick E. Hingle. The only other person in the building as hot as LeBron James.

Whether you prefer offense or defense, LeBron was stellar when the Heat needed it.

He finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists after scoring just four points in the first half. The series is now tied 1-1 with Game 3 scheduled for Tuesday in San Antonio.

The Splitter block wasn't LeBron's only defensive highlight either. In the first quarter, he swatted Tim Duncan at the rim. Here's what that one looked like:

(Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

There was plenty of action and fun to go around in Game 2. Recap some of the best of the rest below.

Danny Green was the lone highlight for the Spurs

Green made five 3-pointers in the game, shot 6-for-6 overall and finished with 17 points. Here's the fourth of his five 3-pointers:

Tim Duncan and Tony Parker did little to help the cause. They finished a combined 8-for-27 from the field and totaled just 22 points.

Duncan did, however, throw down just about the angriest slam dunk you'll ever see Tim Duncan throw down:

How awesome is Little Birdman?

This fan just wants to be like Chris "Birdman" Andersen. He's off to a good start:

(Robert Mayer/USA Today Sports Images)

Shannon Sharpe busted out a pink suit for the occasion

Bold choice. Kinda love it.

The infamous bird-flipping Heat fan was in the building

According to's Gregg Doyel, anyway. This is supposedly her:

The Heat cheerleaders were doing some funky stuff

Stop copying my workout routine:

(Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

Doris Burke vs. Gregg Popovich scorecard

Good effort from Doris after the first-quarter break, actually eliciting somewhat serious responses out of the notoriously tight-lipped Popovich.

Burke: What did you see out there on offense, besides the turnovers?

Popovich: All I saw was turnovers.

Burke 1, Popovich 0.

UPDATE: Burke gets him again after the half! We don't have the visual evidence this time, but her report as the third quarter began was full of well-reasoned Popovichisms.

Burke 2, Popovich 0.

UPDATE: Final score. Burke 2, Popovich 0.

Don't worry, Birdman got a jam in, too.

One more courtesy the NBA Twitter feed. Here's the Birdman with a second-quarter slam:

We had another extremely low-cut shirt in the stands

This woman was sitting behind the Heat bench tonight:

(h/t The Big Lead)

In Game 1, it was Spurs general manager R.C. Buford getting a special visitor one row behind him:

Longing for a good starting lineup announcement

The Heat, as usual, got announced to great pomp and circumstance. The thumping tones of "Seven Nation Army" by the White Stripes and a loud, excited PA announcer. With all due respect to him, no one does starting lineups better than Will Ferrell:

Stiff competition on the tube

Spurs and Heat, you were going up against Game of Thrones and the Tony Awards tonight. Good luck when the ratings come out:

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) June 9, 2013

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