Danny Green, Gary Neal Star as Spurs take Game 3
2013 NBA Finals
San Antonio, TX
Danny Green and Gary Neal buried a combined 13 three-pointers as the San Antonio bounced back strong from a humiliating Game 2 defeat with a 113-77 rout of the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals at AT&T Center.
Green went 7-for-9 from three-point range to finish with 27 points while Neal added 24 on six-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc as the Spurs made a Finals-record 16 triples to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The 36-point win was the third biggest in NBA Finals history, behind the Chicago Bulls' 42-point win in Game 6 over the Utah Jazz in 1998 and the Boston Celtics' 39-point win in Game 6 over the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008.
Kawhi Leonard added 14 points and 12 boards while Tim Duncan finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds to help the Spurs avenge their 103-84 Game 2 loss.
Neal's strong play compensated for a poor performance by Tony Parker, who was limited to six points due to a sore hamstring that he plans to look into Wednesday. Top reserve Manu Ginobili finished with just seven points for the Spurs, who shot 16-for-32 from beyond the arc.
Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 16 points while LeBron James added 15 points on 7-for-21 shooting. Mike Miller also scored 15 on 5-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc and Chris Bosh added 12 for the Heat, who never led in the game.
The Heat missed the offensive contribution from Mario Chalmers, who was held scoreless and issued just one assist after scoring 19 points in Game 2.
After a close first quarter, the Spurs took a 43-32 lead with a three-pointer from Neal with 3:27 left in the second period. The Heat tied the game at 44 after a 12-1 run sparked by two triples from Miller.
However, the Spurs answered with back-to-back triples from Parker and Neal to take a 50-44 lead at the break.
The Spurs outscored the Heat, 28-19, in the third to take a 15-point lead heading into the fourth period where they eventually pulled away with Neal and Green leading the charge.
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