Tuesday 20 February 2018 / 10:56 AM

Finals: Spurs vs. Miami Game 3 Recap

On the back of an NBA Finals record 16 3-pointers, the San Antonio Spurs have bounced back from their Game 2 loss defeating the Miami Heat 113 – 77.

The Spurs went an incredible 16/32 from downtown.

Danny Green yet again was a major part of the Spurs offense. Nailing 7 of his 9 3-point attempts; plus finished with a game high 27-points. In Green’s first NBA Finals he has shot 16/23 from deep, and has sunk 12 out of his last 14 3-point shots.

Gary Neal shared the spotlight with 24 points, 6/10 from beyond the arc. Neal spent three years playing in Europe (Turkey, Spain, Italy), before signing as a rookie free agent with San Antonio in 2010.

Kawhi Leonard is an unsung hero with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

The Miami Heat also documented new records, with the 36-point loss being their largest ever in a playoff game, and the third biggest in NBA Finals history.

Once again rebounding was a major concern for the Heat, being out worked on the glass 52-36. Even more troubling is the Spurs had 19 offensive rebounds to the Heats 9.

LeBron James finished the game with 15 points (7/21 FGs), 11 rebounds and 5 assists. However again struggled on offense early as he missed 11 of his first 15 shots; a lot of them were very makeable shots for LBJ. In the series James is now just 7 from 30 (23.3%) on shots outside the paint.

Additionally, for the first time since 2009 LeBron didn’t record a single free-throw attempt, and has only registered 6 FTs all series.

The only positive detail for Miami was Mike Miller off the bench. The 33-year old was 5/5 from 3-point territory, has hit his last 8 3-point attempts, and is now 9/10 from downtown in the series.

Tony Parker left the game in the 5:02 mark of the third quarter with a hamstring strain. He will receive an MRI scan overnight.

The game was full of runs and the Spurs managed their first double-digit lead in the Finals with 4:35 to go in the half. Off the back of Miller, Miami went on a 12-1 run which tied the game at 44 with just 37 seconds left in the first half. The Spurs answered right back with a corner 3 from Tony Parker (6 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assist {4 in the first quarter}), and a Gary Neal, 3-point buzzer beater on the break to finish the half on a 6-0 run.

Half Time: Spurs 50 Heat 44.

The third quarter the Spurs took control as they outscored Miami 28-19. Miller hit some 3’s and LeBron went 4/4 late in the quarter, but two mammoth hustle sequences, a Manu Ginobili dunk, and a difficult layup by Corey Joseph kept the momentum in San Antonio’s corner.

The 3-pointers were relentless as Green, Neal and Leonard combined for a 13-0 run to start the last quarter.

Other Facts:

  • 92% of team that win Game 3 of an NBA Finals series, after being tied at 1-1, go on to win the Championship.
  • The Spurs big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili record their 100th postseason victory, which is the second largest by a trio in NBA history (Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper are number one with 110).
  • Minus 32 is the worst, plus/minus for any game in LeBron’s whole career.


Game 4: Friday June 14 / 11:00am (San Antonio)

Game 5: Monday June 17 / 10:00am (San Antonio)

Game 6: Wednesday June 19 / 11:00am (Miami) ** If Necessary

Game 7: Friday June 20 / 11:00am (Miami) ** If Necessary

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