Game two of the NBA Finals was a disappointing outing for the Spurs and fans were hoping San Antonio to bounce back in game three, and they weren't disappointed as Gregg Popovich's men hammered Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena 111-92 on Tuesday night to pull ahead in the series.
The Spurs now lead 2-1 lead in the series and with this win ended Miami's 11 game unbeaten home run in the post season, which was a franchise record. Popovich's team were scoring for fun and within the first half recorded 71 points to answer the questions of whether they would deliver in this years' Finals.
"Spurs came out at a different gear than what we were playing at, and it just seemed we were on our heels the most part of the first half."
Miami scored 25 points in three of the four quarters, but at half time were trailing by 21 points as San Antonio's shooting percentages were up to 75% in the first half.
San Antonio's shooting guard Manu Ginobili later stated to ESPN, after scoring 11 points, that his team didn't do anything different, it was just constantly moving the ball and creating shooting opportunities:
"It's not something you can plan for, there was no magic plays. We just moved the ball, and every shot went in."
From the tip-off the visitors were on the front foot and secured the first quarter in unbelievable style, silencing the Heat crowd with a 41-25 lead.
Kawhi Leonard scored 16 points whilst not missing a single shot and playing the full 12 minutes. Tim Duncan and Danny Green also added six with Heat on the ropes.
LeBron James scored 14 but there was no telling contribution from the rest of his team as San Antonio were dominant.
The second quarter was similar to the first as Popovich's men carried on their scoring frenzy adding 30 to Heat's 25.
Tony Parker scored eight while Green converted seven and after the second quarter all nine Spurs' players who featured had scored a basket.
For the Heat Rashard Lewis scored nine but again there wasn't any significant contribution from the rest of the team, and at half-time the game stood at 71-50 in favour of the Western Conference champions.
After half-time Miami turned up the heat and secured the third period 25-15.
Dwyane Wade found his feet and converted 11 points while the rest of the players on each team were restricted to two or three points.
12 minutes remained on the clock and the hosts were trailing by 11 points at 86-75, but considering fans thought that Spurs would die out towards the final quarter the visitors secured the fourth in style winning 25-17.
Kawhi Leonard carried on his career-high game to score nine, taking his game three total to 29 points, having converted ten of his 13 attempted field goals.
Tony Parker added five for the visitors, while for the Heat Wade scored five and James converted four in a disappointing return to the American Airlines Arena.
Popovich's men displayed to Erik Spoelstra that they are no pushovers in this years' play-offs, as the bounce back from their defeat on Sunday was outstanding and there is no question game four on Thursday night, again at Miami Heat's home, will definitely be one to savour.
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