Heat attack basket, dominate paint vs Bulls

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The Heat outscored the Bulls 56-18 in the paint in Game 2.The Miami Heat certainly bounced back from their Game 1 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Saying they “bounced back” is quite the understatement.

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The Heat defeated the Bulls by 37 points, the largest margin of victory in a postseason game for the Heat in franchise history and the worst loss in a postseason game by the Bulls in franchise history.

The Heat dominated the Bulls around the basket. They outscored Chicago 56-18 in the paint, the largest scoring differential in the paint in a playoff game in the last 15 seasons.

Miami used a 62-20 run that spanned the final three quarters to pull away for the victory. The Heat were aggressive attacking the basket. They had 33 drives to the basket on half-court plays for 45 points and shot 68 percent on those drives.

The game was marred by technical fouls. There were nine player technical fouls called, the most combined in a playoff game since May 7, 1995, when the Pacers and Knicks also combined for nine. The six player technical fouls by the Bulls were the most by any team in the last 20 postseasons.

Warriors finally win in San Antonio

The Golden State Warriors won a road game at the San Antonio Spurs for the first time in 31 games. It was their first win there since February 14, 1997, when Tim Duncan was still in college at Wake Forest, Stephen Curry was eight years old and Curry’s dad Dell was still playing in the NBA.

The Warriors won a road playoff game after the 1st Round for the first time since 1991.

The Spurs nearly overcame a large deficit again. If the Spurs had come back to win the game, they would have been the first team to overcome a 15-point deficit in consecutive playoff games since the Sacramento Kings in 2001 against the Phoenix Suns.

Klay Thompson scored a career-high 34 points, including a Warriors postseason-record eight 3-pointers, one shy of tying the all-time NBA postseason record.

Thompson scored 29 of his points in the first half, the most points in a half in a postseason game by any player against the Spurs in the Gregg Popovich era.

Thompson attempted the most catch-and-shoot jumpers during the regular season, shooting 43.8 percent on those attempts. In Game 2, Thompson was 6-for-6 on catch-and-shoot jumpers, all from 3-point range. He was 7-for-27 on 3-point catch-and-shoot attempts this postseason entering Game 2.

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Klay Thompson was 8-for-9 on 3-point attempts in Game 2.