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Updated: June 8, 2014 11:13PM

SAN ANTONIO—Apparently the Heat specialize in resiliency.

Faced with the possibility of going down 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwayne Wade in Miami, the Heat responded with a 96-98 win.

It was James who set the tone.

After taking heavy, unwarranted criticism for leaving in the fourth quarter of Game 1 with cramps, James responded by scoring 35 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

With the Heat down six in the third quarter, James went on an 8-0 run in the span of 62 seconds to give them a 64-62 lead with 4:50 remaining in the quarter.

Down a point with 1:18 left in the game, the Heat’s Chris Bosh hit a corner three that put Miami up two. On the ensuring possession, Spurs forward Tim Duncan, who was nonexistent in the fourth quarter, mishandled a pass from Manu Ginobili.

James then hit on of two free throws to put the Heat up 96-93. The Spurs had a chance to cut the lead back to one but Ginobili missed a fade-away jumper.

While James was the offensive showman for the Heat, reserve Chris Andersen can be credited for a defensive effort that assuredly won the Heat the game. Anderson held Duncan scoreless in the fourth quarter after the Spurs forward had scored 18 through three quarters.

The Spurs led by as many as 11 in the first half but the Heat managed to rally to tie the game at 43 heading into halftime. It remained a see-saw game throughout the second half.

Bosh finished the game with 18 points, and Wade with 14 for the Heat. Tony Parker scored 21 points and had seven assists while Ginobili scored 19.


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