NBA Finals Game 3 blog
LeBron and the Heat better bring it in Game 4, 'cause the Spurs owned Game 3 — or Game 3-pointer, really.
The Spurs had all the momentum since halftime and blew it open with a record night from beyond the arc, while LeBron struggled to 15 points on 7-for-21 shooting as the Spurs buried the Heat, 113-77 on Tuesday.
''Honestly, I just have to play better,'' James said. ''I can't have a performance like tonight and expect to win.''
"We got what we deserved," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after watching his team fall in a 2-1 hole. ''I didn't even recognize the team that was out there tonight.'' Hear more of what he had to say about the loss.
The Spurs turned it into a shooting contest between Danny Green and Gary Neal — yeah, that's right — as Green scored 27 and Neal had 24. Green has hit 12 straight 3's dating to Game 2 while Neal had six treys, giving San Antonio a Finals-record 16 makes from beyond the arc in Game 3.
''All of my teammates and Pop. 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. Hear more of what Green had to say on the win, and get Neal's analysis, too, plus hear from Gregg Popovich on his heroes of the game.
The Spurs capped the first half in thrilling fashion: Green blocked LeBron, and in 3 seconds Tony Parker pushed the ball to Neal for a buzzer-beating 3 and a 50-44 lead that they never relinquished.
Lebron play like he have raisin balls— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) June 12, 2013
#popovichissosmart he convince Danny green that he is the best player in this series— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) June 12, 2013
''They came out in the third quarter and they kicked our butt pretty good and frustration started to set in,'' Dwyane Wade said. Hear more of Wade's postgame perspective, and what Chris Bosh had to say ... or just listen to this below:
Tim Duncan was dunkin', with 12 and 14 on the night, and even giving lap dances. Hear what he had to say on the win.
The Spurs' Big 3 had only 25 points, but that's because everyone was dunkin' on the Heat: Manu Ginobili had a couple, Kawhi Leonard, even Tiago Splitter had one.
Yeah, THAT Tiago Splitter.
They bought plenty of rest for Parker, who spent most of the second half on the bench with a sore leg. He's getting an MRI on Wednesday.
Wade still is struggling, finishing with just 16 points after getting eight first-quarter points. The Heat's Big 3 had just 43 points, while Mike Miller kept them in it for a while, going 5 for 5 on 3's to give him eight straight makes from beyond the arc.
But the way the rest of the Heat played, even these ladies could beat 'em. Watch out for Doris; she's got a mean handle.
The only thing worse than the Heat's 40 percent shooting was looking at Ray Allen's shoes.
How bad was it? There was even a Tracy McGrady sighting.
The T-Mac eat the Big Mac to much #spurs— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) June 12, 2013
The Spurs should open a Burger Franchise because it will be the same burger Everytime. The Heat burger changes from game to game.— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) June 12, 2013
Game 4 is Thursday in San Antonio, where the Heat are 3-22 in the regular season and so far zero wins and one really bad beating in the postseason. LeBron better turn up the Imagine Dragons on his iPod.
Bad News Fans in Miami: The Heat just got destroyed. Good News Fans in Miami: You are now Spurs fans! Your team won! Mojitos for everyone!— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) June 12, 2013
Even the national anthem was an indication the Spurs got this. El Charro De Oro, Sebastien De la Cruz, the 10-year-old mariachi star, did the damn thang. And his outfit was way better than anything D-Wade has rocked:
Does D-Wade's "geek chic" outfit scream "put this series in a headlock" to you? Not a real confident ensemble.
Not saying we wish the games still were in South Beach, but ...
Hey, nothing but love for San Antonio and its fans. Check out this guy who turned his house into a Spurs shrine.
Even Tommy Lee Jones was in the house, and it looks like he found Waldo.
Good stuff, San Antonio. We're not missing Miami at all. Really.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.