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Spurs Dig In, Win Again
Still, James believes that Sunday's comeback will give his team something to build on as the series heads to Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena.
"We're definitely still confident," James said. "We've been down 0-2 . . . before, so we have to find a way to match the intensity we had in the fourth quarter for the entire game and we'll be fine."
To win a game, the Cavaliers have to find a way to slow down Parker, who has been the best player on the court. In Game 1, Parker did most of his damage with drives to the basket. So the Cavaliers entered Sunday night with a strategy of backing off and inviting him to take jump shots.
That strategy didn't work.
Parker either drove his way around Larry Hughes, Gibson or veteran Eric Snow anyway or pulled up to make jump shots. But the Spurs weren't only about Parker. They moved the ball crisply and as a result, eight players scored in the first half as their lead swelled to 28 points.
James picked up his second foul only three minutes into the game, then watched from the bench as the Cavaliers made only seven of 23 first quarter shots en route to falling behind 28-17.
James returned at the start of the second quarter but missed jumpers on Cleveland's first two possessions and was called for traveling on the third. By the time James airballed a free throw attempt at the 8:43 mark of the second quarter, the Spurs led by 19 and were well in control.
"We can play better," James said. "We can play harder. It shows, the difference between the first three quarters and the fourth quarter. We have to find a way to pick up our intensity and carry on what happened in the fourth quarter into the rest of the game."