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               === Heat hold narrow lead after sluggish half ===
 
 Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Each team is leaving it all on the floor with the
 title on the line, as the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs are caught in a
 defensive struggle through the first half of Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
 
 LeBron  James  leads all scorers with  15 points and Dwyane Wade's last-second
 jumper gave him 14 and sent the Heat into the break with a narrow 46-44 edge.
 
 The  teams  are  grinding  through  following  a  physically  and  emotionally
 exhausting Game 6, with both fighting for points.
 
 The Spurs are shooting a sluggish 35 percent, but have been lifted by veterans
 Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, who have scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, to
 keep San Antonio within striking distance.
 
 Shane  Battier was the  only bench player for either team to make a difference
 in  the first half, with the veteran sinking all three of his 3-point attempts
 for Miami.
 
 Games  2-5 were  all  decided before  the  start of  the  fourth quarter,  but
 Tuesday's  Game 6  was one for the ages, with Ray Allen's game-tying 3-pointer
 near the end of regulation paving the way to a 103-100 overtime win for Miami.
 
 The  last  18 minutes saw  the margin of this  decisive contest grow no larger
 than six points, and the teams have combined for 14 total turnovers.
 
 Wade  has shown  flashes of  his usual  dominant self  and is  one of  the few
 players shooting the ball well. He's made 7-of-12 from the field.
 
 The  Spurs  jumped out to an  11-4 lead just  over four minutes in, but scored
 just five more points in the frame after missing 11 of their final 13 shots in
 the quarter.
 
 Miami began to heat up during San Antonio's dry spell, with Battier connecting
 on  a  pair of threes during  an 8-0 run that  staked the hosts to their first
 lead at 18-15.
 
 Another  triple from  Battier to start the second quarter opened up five-point
 lead for Miami, but Duncan banked home a short jumper while taking a foul from
 Chris  Bosh several  minutes later  to erase  the Spurs'  deficit and  tie the
 contest at 27-27.
 
 James  started  1-for-5 from the field,  but started to find his stroke midway
 through  the  second session. He  completed a  three-point play on a coast-to-
 coast  double-clutch  layup with 6:29  left in the  half, then followed with a
 triple to build a 33-27 edge for Miami.
 
 Gary  Neal responded for  San Antonio by banking home a deep 3-pointer to pull
 his  team within three, and the Spurs took a brief 42-40 lead following a pair
 of free throws from Manu Ginobili, who scored seven points in the half.
 
 Wade  and James combined for Miami's final six points of the period, with Wade
 burying  a  long jumper with  0.8 seconds remaining to  send the Heat into the
 half with a slim two-point edge.
 
 
 
 06/20 22:39:33 ET