San Antonio’s Danny Green and Gary Neal delivered career-playoff high performances to advance the Spurs in a 113-77 clobbering of the Miami Heat on Tuesday, taking a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals.
Green drained seven shots from behind the arc and finished with 27 points. Gary Neal made six three-pointers and finished with 24, as the two combined for 13 baskets from long distance to contribute to the Spurs NBA Finals record-breaking 16 threes.
Tim Duncan chipped in with 12 points and 14 rebounds as the Spurs avenged their previous game’s 19 point trouncing with a blowout of their own. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra says San Antonio’s offense just never faltered.
The Heat had trouble finding their rhythm on offense. LeBron James shot just 7 for 21 and finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The four-time MVP missed 11 of his first 13 shots before scoring seven straight points near the end of the first half, an effort that James says isn’t excusable.
Dwyane Wade had a team high 16 points. Former Gator Mike Miller contributed off the bench with 15 points, all of which came from the three point line. While the Heat were struggling offensively, they didn’t seem much better on the defensive end, as they were pummeled by the three’s by San Antonio. But Spoelstra said their lack of offense isn’t to blame for their loss.
Some bad news among the good for the Spurs is that guard Tony Parker was injured early in the second half; an MRI today revealed a slight hamstring strain.
Game 4 will take place on Thursday in San Antonio as the best-of-seven series continues. Catch coverage of the game live on ESPN 850 WRUF at 8:30 p.m. Tipoff is at 9 p.m.