James hits top form in Heat's win

He was the butt of criticism when he failed to finish the first game of the seven-match NBA Finals. 

Miami Heat superstar LeBron James even got advice on how to avoid cramps.

But on Sunday, James was in his element. He led from the front to win Game 2 98-96 to level the series 1-1 against San Antonio Spurs.

The teams now move to Miami for Game 3 on Tuesday.

“Got to play hard,’’ James said. “I believe the man above will protect me. I just try to put myself and my teammates in position to succeed.”

James, who had his toughness questioned after Game 1, helped the Heat maintain their streak of following up playoff defeats with victories, AFP reported.

They have now rebounded from post-season defeats with victories 13 straight times, the longest active streak of its kind in the league.

Tim Duncan of San Antonio Spurs on the ground during Game 2 on Sunday.

James failed to click in the first game after the air-conditioning system at the AT&T Center failed, contributing to his dehydration and cramps. A cheerleader performs during Game Two at the AT&T Center.

The climate control was back to normal on Sunday, with temperatures in the arena hovering around 21 degrees C, compared to 30-plus on Thursday.  The cheerleaders (above) also enjoyed the change in temperature. 


Sources:, AFP