Hard to imagine, but Game 3 of the Finals was once tied at 44-all. That was before a 29-8 run blew the doors off, from which point the Spurs continued to pour it on…and on, and on, until they’d taken a 2-1 series lead with one of the most thoroughly dominant postseason performances in franchise history. Most impressive of all, the Spurs needed minimal contributions from Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili (combined total: 25 points). Danny Green and Gary Neal were brilliant in their stead, setting career playoff-highs with 27 and 24 points, respectively, as the Spurs set a Finals record with 16 3-pointers. LeBron James was again held in check, scoring just 15 points on 7-for-21 shooting. The Spurs also committed just 13 turnovers, preventing the Heat from getting the run-outs that keyed their Game 2 rout. Spurs 86, Heat 63 (10:33, 4th): The Gary Neal show continues. He has two more 3s, pushing his scoring total to 24 points, while Danny Green just outmuscled the Heat for a putback to give the Spurs their largest lead of the game. Spurs 78, Heat 63 (end of 3rd): The Spurs extended to a 21-point lead with a dominant 29-8 run dating back to the final minutes of the second quarter. Still, the Heat showed signs of life with nine straight points from LeBron James to climb within 13. Spurs 66, Heat 52 (5:07, 3rd): The Spurs have extended their surge to 22-8 courtesy of Manu Ginobili’s fastbreak smash. Danny Green had his third 3-pointer earlier in the period — his eighth straight without a miss in the Finals — and Tim Duncan has a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Spurs 59, Heat 46 (8:21, 3rd): The Spurs are on a 15-2 run, the last two points coming off an incredible hustle sequence started by Tim Duncan’s blocked shot. The Spurs saved the ball from going out of bounds twice, leading to Danny Green’s free throws at the other end. They now have their largest lead of the game. Spurs 50, Heat 44 (halftime): Miami climbed out of a 11-point deficit to tie the game at 44-all, but the Spurs closed the half with two 3-pointers, including a buzzer-beater by Gary Neal. Neal had given the Spurs a crucial lift with 14 points – already tying his career playoff high – and four of the Spurs’ seven 3s. Tim Duncan has 10, and Tony Parker has seven assists. A potential worry for the Spurs: Eight turnovers, on pace for just a few too many against the Heat. It feels like a miracle the Heat are this close, let alone having fought back to tie the game after struggling throughout. LeBron James, their focal point, has just four points on 2-for-8 shooting.
Spurs blast Heat 113-77, take 2-1 series lead
San Antonio Express-News | Jun 12