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James answered, a 3-pointer of his own making it a one-point game again.
It was on.
"The competition," Spoelstra said, "was fantastic."
Wade made a jumper and couldn't contain his grin as the building roared, knowing it was seeing a glorified game of 1-on-1 between two of the game's elite. James cleared everyone else out against Richardson, rebutting with a fallaway jumper of his own.
They were just getting started.
"Two really, really good friends, one of my best friends that I have, just two great competitors not wanting to lose to each other," James said. "But at the same time, knowing that we're putting on a show not only for each other, but for the fans and whoever was watching the game."
Wade missed a free throw with 29 seconds left until intermission, ran down the rebound and gave Miami another possession -- which he capped with a 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds left, flashing dueling "3" signs behind his back after sealing the fourth 30-point half of his career. Undeterred, with 1.2 ticks remaining, James hit -- what else? -- a 3-pointer, cutting Miami's lead to 54-50.
The teams scored 46 points total in the second quarter. James (20) and Wade (17) combined for 37 of them.
And when it was over, the scene in the Miami locker room told the story.
"Tough one, right?" Beasley asked Richardson, who only nodded in silence.
NOTES: All four instances of Wade scoring 30 in a half have come at home, two of them against Cleveland. ... The teams combined to miss their first 10 shots of the second quarter. ... Creative sign of the night: With a nod to this summer's expected free agent bonanza, a fan held up a placard during a second-quarter timeout with the Facebook logo, saying James had changed his status from "in a relationship with the Cavs" to "in a relationship with the Heat."
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