SAN ANTONIO (AP) LeBron James scored 13 points in the first half of his return after missing the end of the opener with cramps, and the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs were tied at 43 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.
James had 11 points in the second quarter after a slow start, helping Miami erase an 11-point deficit early in the period.
Chris Bosh had 10 points for the Heat, who had won 12 in a row following a loss in the postseason. They dropped the opener 110-95, with the Spurs pulling away after James departed with about 4 minutes left.
Tony Parker scored 12 points and Tim Duncan had 11 for the Spurs, but Duncan missed all three shots in the second quarter after going 5 for 6 in the opening period.
The game was played in comfortable conditions inside the AT&T Center, where an air conditioning failure in Game 1 sent temperatures soaring to about 90 degrees in the second half. The problem, caused by a broken circuit breaker, was fixed by Friday afternoon, and it was much cooler inside the arena when the teams arrived Sunday.
James had the toughest time with the heat Thursday, needing treatment midway through the fourth quarter before eventually having to leave for good. He had plenty of time for treatment, with the finals schedule calling for two days off between Games 1 and 2.
He was only 1 for 4 with three turnovers in the first quarter but looked fine in taking over during the second.
After their sensational finish to Game 1, the Spurs picked up right where they left off, making 10 of their first 15 shots. They led 26-17 after Duncan's follow shot with 1:49 left, but missed a chance to expand their lead by committing three straight turnovers, and coach Gregg Popovich looked irate when the quarter ended with San Antonio ahead 26-19.
The Spurs opened an 11-point lead early in the second before James got going. He had three straight Miami baskets, and a follow shot later in the period gave the Heat their first lead at 34-33.
He and Dwyane Wade had the final two baskets in the half to forge the tie.