Kevin Love watched Game 6 and Game 7 against the Boston Celtics from the Miami Heat’s sideline, dressed in home white and road black. 

He watched Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Denver without logging a single minute, either.

The Heat dusted their 34-year-old stretch forward off the bench and into the starting lineup for Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night,

helping Miami build a 21-10 lead in the opening quarter.

Love was not the answer to slow Nikola Jokić, who’d finish with a superb 41 points and 11 rebounds.

. Love was not Miami’s leading scorer. But Miami’s added size helped combat Denver’s swirling offense.

Love, who had 6 points and 10 rebounds, helped spread the floor even further for the Heat’s own pass-happy scoring attack,

which combined to connect on 17-of-35 3-pointers in Miami’s 111-108 victory over the Nuggets, tying this championship series at 1-1.