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Basketball: Miami turns up heat to even NBA finals

LeBron James tallied 35 points and had 10 rebounds as the Miami Heat bounced back with vengeance on Sunday, beating the San Antonio Spurs 98-96 in game two of the NBA finals.

SAN ANTONIO: LeBron James tallied 35 points and had 10 rebounds as the Miami Heat bounced back with vengeance on Sunday, beating the San Antonio Spurs 98-96 in game two of the NBA finals.

Chris Bosh finished with 18 points and Rashard Lewis and Dwyane Wade each scored 14 points for the Heat, who knotted the championship series at one game apiece.

The series shifts to Miami for game three on Tuesday.

James connected on 14-of-22 from the field in 38 minutes of playing time, and was the biggest factor when the game was on the line in the fourth quarter.

It is a role James has played consistently throughout his career but one he was prevented from performing in a 110-95 loss in game one after the air conditioning system at the AT&T Center failed, contributing his dehydration and cramps.

The climate control was back to normal on Sunday, with temperatures in the arena hovering around 21 degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit), compared to 30-plus on Thursday.

Tim Duncan paced the Spurs attack with 18 points and 15 rebounds. It was his 157th career playoff double-double, tying him for the most all-time with Magic Johnson but not enough to hold off the Heat.

Duncan has scored in double figures in 222 of his 231 career playoff games.

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