Tony Parker warned Gary Neal for a week: The San Antonio Spurs would need a big performance from the backup guard to beat the Miami Heat in one of these NBA Finals games. The Heat had been trapping Parker on pick-and-rolls, preferring to leave shooters such as Neal and Danny Green open. The strategy was to keep Parker out of the lane at any expense. The strategy backfired Tuesday night. Neal took over early, and Green carried the Spurs in the second half. They combined for 51 points, including 13 three-pointers, as the Spurs set an NBA Finals record with 16 threes in a 113-77 Game 3 victory. Neal hit a momentum shifting three at the first-half buzzer to give San Antonio a 50-44 edge en route to the 2-1 series lead. Neal led all players with 14 points at halftime and finished with 24, to go along with four rebounds and three assists. "The ball movement was great today," Neal told USA Today Sports. "Especially after the way we performed in Game 2. They were able to make us play in a crowd. They were extremely aggressive, extremely physical. We knew coming into Game 3, we knew we had to move the ball. We were able to move it, get open shots and be able to get our feet set. "I give Tony and Manu (Ginobili) a whole bunch of credit. They are the dominant ball-handlers in the system. They did a great job of facilitating tonight. And me and Danny were the recipients of good ball movement."
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USA Today | Jun 12