The San Antonio Spurs started the second half dominating on both ends of the floor and never looked back as they prevailed over the Miami Heat, 113-77, in Game 3 of the NBA Finals at AT&T Center on Tuesday night.
The Spurs couldn't miss on what was a magical evening in San Antonio. They shared the ball with ease and executed flawlessly throughout the game to give themselves high-percentage looks throughout the night.
Danny Green continued his incredible run through the postseason and finished with 27 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field to lead all scorers. Gary Neal added 24 points off the bench and made things relatively easy for the Spurs' stars as they got plenty of rest.
For the Heat, San Antonio's aggressive defense stifled LeBron James and held him to just 15 points and 11 rebounds on 7-of-21 shooting. Dwyane Wade finished with 16 points and five assists. Chris Bosh was just 4-of-10 from the field and finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Mike Miller's outstanding 5-for-5 three-point performance got lost in the fray by the Spurs' performance.
The first half was an effective chess match that saw each team counter the other's best shot. For the Spurs, it was stellar defense on Wade and James that forced them out of easy looks inside. They rotated and put several bodies on James down low and forced him to kick the ball out to the outside. Miller kept them in the game and hit three of his long-range looks in the first 24 minutes.
In the third quarter, the defensive domination and flawless execution continued as San Antonio held the Heat to just 19 points and forced seven turnovers that resulted in six easy points and helped extend the lead to as much as 21 points.
The fourth quarter was a proverbial victory lap for San Antonio. The Spurs got the opportunity to rest a hobbled Tony Parker for the final 12 minutes while Green and Neal personally dissected Miami's defense from the outside. Midway through the fourth quarter, Miami threw up the white flag and sat their starters as the Spurs continued to crush their spirits.
It was the third largest margin of victory in NBA Finals history. The Spurs's 16 three-pointers set a record for the most in a finals contest. Miami is 5-0 after losses in the NBA Playoffs -- all of those wins coming by double figures.