NBA Finals: Spurs 113, Heat 77: Record from beyond arc sinks Miami

2013-06-12T00:00:00Z NBA Finals: Spurs 113, Heat 77: Record from beyond arc sinks MiamiThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 12, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SAN ANTONIO - From big threes to Big Three, the Spurs had it all in the NBA Finals' raucous return to San Antonio.

Danny Green made seven of the Spurs' finals-record 16 three-pointers, Tim Duncan had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and San Antonio routed the Miami Heat 113-77 on Tuesday night to take 2-1 series lead.

Green scored 27 points and Gary Neal made six three-pointers while scoring 24 as San Antonio went 16 of 32 from behind the arc, rolling to the third-biggest victory in finals history.

Duncan bounced back from his worst game ever in the finals, and the Spurs' combination of fresh faces and old reliables dominated the NBA's winningest team before an eager crowd that hadn't seen the finals here since 2007.

"It shouldn't be a surprise," said Spurs coach Gregg Popvich. "These are the last two teams standing. I don't think either one of them is going to get down if they have a bad night."

The Spurs were as good as fans remembered in the old days, shutting down LeBron James until they had built a huge lead late in the third quarter.

James had 15 points and 11 rebounds, but missed 11 of his first 13 shots against the excellent defense of Kawhi Leonard, who had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

"I've got to be better," James said. "I'm just missing shots. They're going under my pick-and-rolls, they're daring me to shoot and anytime I get into the paint they're putting two bodies in front of me. When I get in transition they're putting two bodies in front of me. They're doing a good job, but also I've got to be able to knock down shots."

Game 4 is Thursday here, where Miami is 3-22 in the regular season and, so far, zero wins and one really bad postseason beating.

"We got what we deserved," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Duncan shot three of 13 for nine points, his worst performance ever in his 25 NBA Finals games, in the Heat's 103-84 victory Sunday. Tony Parker wasn't much better, shooting five of 14 and committing five turnovers, and Manu Ginobili admitted the veteran trio had to play better.

On Tuesday, Parker and Ginobili combined for 14 assists, but the bigger story was the guys who had never played on this stage before:

• Neal, who went undrafted after stints at LaSalle and Towson, then playing overseas for three years.

• Green, who had been cut multiple times - including by James' Cavaliers - but now has the shot to stick.

• Leonard, the draft-night trade acquisition from San Diego State who played the NBA's four-time MVP to a stalemate.

Mike Miller made all five three-pointers and scored 15 points for the Heat, who broke open Sunday's game and seized momentum in the series with a 33-5 run in the second half.

A brief flurry by James had Miami within 15 after three quarters Tuesday, but Neal, Green and Leonard combined on a 13-0 run to open the fourth as Green's three made it 91-63.

"All of my teammates and Pop (Popovich) - they do a great job of encouraging me. They continue to tell me to shoot the ball. They continue to tell me whenever I'm open, to let it fly," Green said.

It was a potentially pivotal win for the Spurs in their quest to go 5 for 5 in the finals. Since the NBA Finals went to a 2-3-2 format in 1985, the Game 3 winner when the series was tied 1-1 has gone on to win 12 of 13 titles - though Miami was the lone one that didn't, in 2011.

Up next

• What: Heat at Spurs, Spurs leads series 2-1

• When: 6 p.m. Thursday

• TV; radio: Channel 9; 1490-AM, 104.9-FM

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