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Gary Neal replaces Danny Green as Spurs’ hot-shooting guard in first half of Game 3

Jun 11, 2013, 10:22 PM EDT

Spurs' Duncan and Heat's James battle for position in the first half in Game 3 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in San Antonio Reuters

Apparently not hindered by their late arrival, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker contributed on every Spurs point as San Antonio jumped to an 11-4 lead on its way to a 50-44 halftime lead in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

But Gary Neal stole the show with his 4-of-6 3-point shooting – including a buzzer beater to end the half – on his way to a game-high 14 points. Duncan has 10 points and seven rebounds and Parker has six points and seven assists for the Spurs, which haven’t trailed.

San Antonio went cold in the second quarter, starting the period 1-for-11 and allowing the Heat to climb within 27-26 before pushing its lead. The Heat made another run later in the quarter as Mike Miller (3-of-3 on 3-pointers) got hot, but other than Miller and Dwyane Wade (12 points on 5-of-7 shooting), Miami hasn’t sustained much offense.

LeBron James (2-for-8) and Chris Bosh (3-for-8) have both been shaky, and LeBron in particular must play better for the Heat to come back in the second half.

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