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

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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.”

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“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.”

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Hear more of what he had to say about the loss.

The Spurs turned it into

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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.

Seriously. Danny Green, who used to be one of LeBron’s

not-good-enough-for-me Cavs teammates, is

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outscoring the King in the Finals. Maybe

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Digital LeBron can do better.

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”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.

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Hear more of what Green had to say on the win, and

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get Neal’s analysis, too, plus

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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.

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”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

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Wade’s postgame perspective, and

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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.

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Hear what he had to say on the win.

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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.

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They bought plenty of rest for Parker, who spent most of the

second half on the bench with a sore leg.

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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.

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The only thing worse than the Heat’s 40 percent shooting was

looking at Ray Allen’s shoes.

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How bad was it? There was even a Tracy McGrady sighting.

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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.

 

 

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.

 

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Not saying we wish the games still were in South Beach, but

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Hey, nothing but love for San Antonio and its fans. Check out

this guy who turned his house into a Spurs shrine.

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Even Tommy Lee Jones was in the house, and it looks like he

found Waldo.

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Good stuff, San Antonio. We’re not missing Miami at all.

Really.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.