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Spurs Dominate Heat to Win Game 3 of NBA Finals

Spurs Dominate Heat to Win Game 3 of NBA Finals

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(MIAMI) — The San Antonio Spurs hit 19 of their first 21 shots en route to a 111-92 destruction of the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Tuesday.

The Spurs now lead the best-of-seven series two games to one.

The Spurs shooting may have not been as hot after their first 21 shots, but it still was good. San Antonio finished the first half hitting a Finals-record 75.8% of its shots.

“I don’t think we’ll ever shoot 76 percent in a half ever again,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said.

Kawhi Leonard, who scored 18 points combined in Games 1 and 2, had a career-high 29 points in the win.

“I just was able to get into a rhythm tonight,” Leonard said to ESPN. “In Game 1 and 2 I got in some foul trouble so I was getting subbed out pretty early. Tonight I got in a rhythm and knocked down shots early.”

The Spurs also turned Miami over 20 times, which led to 23 points.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each had 22 points in the loss.

Game 4 is Thursday night in Miami. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. Eastern. You can watch the match-up on ABC.

 

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Spurs Top Miami, and Beat the Heat, in Game 1

Spurs Top Miami, and Beat the Heat, in Game 1

Chris Covatta/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) — The San Antonio Spurs outscored Miami 36-17 in the fourth quarter, and battled an air conditioner issue to boot, to defeat the Heat 110-95 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. An electrical malfunction left the air conditioner within the AT&T Center useless, causing temperatures within the arena to reach the nineties.

“It was tough on both teams,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “They were pretty dead. We tried to get guys in and out. It was really hot out there.”

Miami led 86-79 with just under nine minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but a 15-4 Spurs run turned it into a four-point San Antonio lead. After LeBron James cut the deficit to 94-92, the sweltering temperatures forced the Heat forward out of the game with apparent cramps. The Heat scored just three points in the final four minutes without James as San Antonio won their eighth straight home playoff game.

“After I came out of the game, they kind of took off,” James told a pool reporter after the game. “And it was frustrating sitting out and not be able to help our team.”

Danny Green scored 11 of his 13 points in the final frame, including three 3-point baskets, leading a San Antonio charge that saw them close the game on a 30-9 run. Tim Duncan had 21 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Spurs while James led all scorers with 25 points. 

NBA President of Basketball Operations, Rod Thorn, said after the game that the conditions on the court were not harmful to the players. Thorn also stated that officials expected the air conditioning issue to be resolved in time for Game 2 on Sunday.

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LeBron: We’ll Be Ready For Spurs

LeBron: We’ll Be Ready For Spurs

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) — LeBron James isn’t fazed by Spurs center Tim Duncan’s comments after they beat the Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.

Following the win that clinched a trip for a Finals rematch with the Heat, Duncan said: “We’re excited about it. We’ve got four more to win. We’ll do it this time.”

James and the Heat had an extended practice on Monday as they prepare for their fourth trip to the Finals.

“They don’t like us, they don’t. I can sense it from Timmy’s comments over the last couple of days,” James said. “They wanted this, they wanted us and we’ll be ready for the challenge.”

James is looking for his third NBA title and Dwyane Wade is seeking his fourth.

“They’ve been preparing for this moment [and] we have as well,” James said. “No one is entitled. This is no one’s championship. It isn’t ours, it isn’t theirs, it’s two teams fighting for it.”

Game 1 is on Thursday in San Antonio.  The Heat beat the Spurs in the NBA Finals in seven games last year.

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Ray Allen Exercises Option to Remain with Heat

Ray Allen Exercises Option to Remain with Heat

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) —  It looks like Ray Allen will return to the Miami Heat for another season.
The sharpshooter has exercised his $3.2 million option for next season, his agent Jim Tanner told ESPN.com.
Allen was a huge reason why …

Dwayne Wade Drained Knee Before Game Seven

Dwayne Wade Drained Knee Before Game Seven

NBA via Miami Heat (MIAMI) — Miami Heat star Dwayne was had his left knee drained right before Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
Wade’s knee had been hampering him for the majority of the postseason.  He revealed in an interview with The Associated Press…

Miami Heat Win NBA Title

Miami Heat Win NBA Title

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(MIAMI) —  LeBron James and the Miami Heat are on top of the basketball world for the second straight year as the team repeated as NBA champions, beating the San Antonio Spurs in a decisive Game 7 Thursday night.James r…

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/20/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/20/13

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Finals Game Seven:  Miami Heat 95 – San Antonio Spurs 88 (Heat win series, 4-3)
Miami Heat forward LeBron James wins NBA Finals MVP.
MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (43-30) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (44-30)
Minnesota Twins…

Heat Edge Spurs in Overtime to Force Game 7

Heat Edge Spurs in Overtime to Force Game 7

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) — LeBron James did everything in his power to save the Miami Heat’s season, but the NBA Finals would have ended Tuesday night if weren’t for Ray Allen.
Allen hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 95 with 5.2 seconds r…

Spurs Romp Heat 113-77 for 2-1 Series Lead

Spurs Romp Heat 113-77 for 2-1 Series Lead

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — The San Antonio Spurs routed the Miami Heat 113-77 on Tuesday night in what was one of the biggest blowouts in NBA Finals history.
The Spurs hit a Finals-record 16 three-pointers on their way to a 2-1 ser…

Pacers Center Roy Hibbert Fined $75,000 For Gay Slur

Pacers Center Roy Hibbert Fined $75,000 For Gay Slur

Andy Lyons/Getty Images (NEW YORK) —  The NBA has fined Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert $75,000 for using a gay slur in one answer and a profanity in another during his news conference Saturday following Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals…

Chalmers Comes Through in Game 4 for Miami

Chalmers Comes Through in Game 4 for Miami

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) — The Miami Heat are one win away from their first championship in the big three era after they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 104-98 on Tuesday night.
Mario Chalmers scored 25 for the Heat while LeBron James batt…

Heat Tame the Thunder 91-85, Take 2-1 Finals Lead

Heat Tame the Thunder 91-85, Take 2-1 Finals Lead

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Miami Heat forward LeBron James scored 29 points and added 14 boards as the Heat zapped the Oklahoma City Thunder 91-85, giving them a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals.
The Heat were down by 10 with 4:33 left in the…

Heat Take Home Court, Beat Thunder 100-96

Heat Take Home Court, Beat Thunder 100-96

ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Once again the Miami Heat took the early lead, but this time they held strong, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-96, tying the NBA Finals at one game apiece.
For the second straight game, the Miami came …

Thunder Overcome Early Jitters, Beat Heat in Game 1 of NBA Finals

Thunder Overcome Early Jitters, Beat Heat in Game 1 of NBA Finals

ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages(OKLAHOMA CITY) —  Many Oklahoma City Thunder players were openly jittery for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but after a slow start, the Thunder came roaring back and eventually beat the Miami Heat 105-94.
The Thunder struggl…

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