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Spurs overpower Heat in Game 3

Spurs overpower Heat in Game 3

From big threes to Big Three, the Spurs had it all in the NBA Finals’ raucous return to San Antonio.
Spurs overpower Heat in Game 3

SAN ANTONIO — From big threes to Big Three, the Spurs had it all in the NBA Finals’ raucous return to San Antonio.

Danny Green made seven of the Spurs’ finals-record 16 three-pointers, Tim Duncan had 12 points and 14 rebounds and the Spurs clobbered the Miami Heat, 113-77, on Tuesday night to take 2-1 lead in the series.

Green scored 27 points, and Gary Neal made six three-pointers while scoring 24 as San Antonio went 16-for-32 from behind the arc.

Duncan bounced back from his worst game ever in the Finals, and the Spurs’ combination of fresh faces and old reliables created an exciting return to a city that hadn’t hosted a Finals game since 1997.

The Spurs were as good as fans remembered in the old days, shutting down LeBron James until they had built a huge lead late in the third quarter.

James finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but missed 11 of his first 13 shots against the excellent defense of Kawhi Leonard.

Game 4 is Thursday here, where the Heat are 3-22 in the regular season, and so far, zero wins and one really bad beating in the postseason.

Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined for 14 assists, but the bigger story was the guys who had never played on this stage before.

Neal, who went undrafted after playing for LaSalle and Towson, then playing overseas for three seasons in Italy, Spain and Turkey.

Green, who had been cut multiple times — including by James’ Cavaliers — and now has the shot to stick.

Leonard, the draft-night trade acquisition from San Diego State who played the NBA’s four-time MVP to a stalemate.

Mike Miller made all five three-pointers and scored 15 points for the Heat, who broke open Sunday’s game and seized momentum in the series with a 33-5 run in the second half.

The Spurs seized it right back, improving to 18-7 in the finals.

MIAMI (77)

James 7-21 0-0 15, Haslem 0-2 0-0 0, Bosh 4-10 4-6 12, Chalmers 0-5 0-0 0, Wade 7-15 2-2 16, Miller 5-5 0-0 15, Andersen 1-1 0-0 2, Cole 3-8 1-2 8, Allen 2-2 0-0 4, Battier 0-2 0-0 0, Jones 1-2 0-0 3, Anthony 1-1 0-0 2, Lewis 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-76 7-10 77.

SAN ANTONIO (113)

Leonard 6-10 0-0 14, Duncan 5-11 2-4 12, Splitter 3-7 2-2 8, Parker 2-5 1-3 6, Green 9-15 2-2 27, Ginobili 3-7 1-2 7, Bonner 0-3 2-2 2, Joseph 1-4 0-1 2, Neal 9-17 0-0 24, McGrady 0-2 0-0 0, Mills 1-2 0-0 2, Blair 4-5 1-3 9. Totals 43-88 11-19 113.

Miami 20 24 19 14— 77

San Antonio 24 26 28 35—113

3-Point Goals—Miami 8-18 (Miller 5-5, Jones 1-2, Cole 1-2, James 1-5, Bosh 0-1, Chalmers 0-1, Battier 0-2), San Antonio

16-32 (Green 7-9, Neal 6-10, Leonard 2-3, Parker 1-1, Joseph 0-1, McGrady 0-1, Mills 0-1, Bonner 0-2, Ginobili 0-4). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Miami 40 (James 11), San Antonio 61 (Duncan 14). Assists—Miami 21 (James, Wade 5), San Antonio 29 (Parker 8). Total Fouls—Miami 21, San Antonio 13. Technicals—Miami defensive three second. A—18,581 (18,797).

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