San Antonio Blow Out the Miami Heat in Game 3 June 12, 2013 10:00
How about those Spurs? Last night, the San Antonio Spurs dealt a hefty blow to the Miami Heat in game 3 of the NBA Finals.
The Spurs blasted to a 113 - 77 win over the Heat, while knocking down a record 16 3-pointers in the game. The previous record for 3-pointers made in a play-off game was 14.
Watch every three-pointer made in the game:
The stars of the game where the Spurs Danny Green and Gary Neal, who together had a huge 51 points. Green had 27 points, and was 7-9 from behind the arc, while Neal had 24 points, being 6-10 from 3-point land. Green was the games top scorer, but the box score shows that the Spurs really put up a huge team effort in order to silence the Heat.
Tim Duncan had 14 rebounds and 12 points, and Kawhi Leonard had 12 rebounds to go with 14 points. The big guys really made a difference in this game, with the Spurs outrebounding the Heat, 52 - 36.
A big worry for the Spurs however, was the fact that Tony Parker picked up an injury, early in the 3rd quarter of the game. His hamstring tightened on him, and Parker had to leave the floor to get it looked at. He came back later on in the 3rd quarter, but 1:27 into the 4th quarter he had to sit down, and stay down.
A great feature of the Spurs team is that they really can pick up when their bigger players are down, and this game proved that. Parker has been a huge star for the Spurs in these playoffs, but even though he only scored 6 points, the Spurs still won by 36 points.
The Miami Heat struggled from the off in the game. LeBron, who has more or less carried the team in these playoffs, missed 11 of his first 13 shots, finishing the game just 7 from 21, with a measly 15 points. Also, for the first time this season, he didn't have a single free-throw in the entire game.
James didn't get a huge amount of backup from his team in the game either. Chris Bosh had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Dwayne Wade had 16 points and 5 assists, and Mike Miller had 15 points. The rest of the team made little headway on the stat sheet, and that showed in the result.
The Spurs now lead the final series of the playoffs by 2 games to 1. This matchup is wide open! Game 4 will be played on Thursday night in San Antonio.