Gary Neal, Danny Green lead dominant Spurs Game 3 victory
Coming off a 103-84 loss in Game 2 in Miami, the San Antonio Spurs went home and dismantled the Heat in a 113-77 victory – behind an NBA Finals record 16 3-pointers, with seven of those coming from Danny Green and his game-leading 27 points.
The Spurs 37-point victory was one of the largest margins of victory in NBA Finals history. Starter Danny Green and bench player Gary Neal combine for 51 points and 13 of the team’s 16 3-pointers and veteran Tim Duncan contributed a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Star point-guard Tony Parker left the game for a bit with a reported leg injury that has been bothering him, but did return to the game. Parker ended the game with only six points and eight assists. With only a day in between games the Spurs hope Parker will be healthy enough to contribute, but showed tonight that they have plenty of role players who can step up to help this star-studded lineup.
LeBron James struggled once again with only 15 points on 7-21 shooting thanks to the Spurs’ stifling defensive effort led by Kawhi Leonard who had four steals in the game. James has yet to eclipse 20 points in these NBA Finals.
The Spurs have a 2-1 series lead and have two more games at home to try and win the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy in front of their home crowd. Under head coach Gregg Popovich, the Spurs have only missed the playoffs once. That was back in 1996-1997, Popovich’s first season. The Spurs are looking for their fifth NBA Championship, all four previous titles coming under Popovich.
Game 4 is Thursday in San Antonio.