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Spurs blistering, historically hot first half shooting gives them 71-50 lead

Jun 10, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

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If you thought the Spurs hot fourth quarter of Game 1 was just all about LeBron James being off the court, I hope you were watching Game 3.

San Antonio shot an NBA record 76 percent for an NBA Finals half — they started out 19-of-21 in the first quarter, “cooled off” to shoot 25-of-33 for the half, they were 7-of-10 from three and Boris Diaw, inserted into the starting lineup for Tiago Splitter, was +22 in the first half.

The result was a 71-50 San Antonio lead at the half. Which is even more impressive when you remember they are on the road.

The Spurs first quarter was insane as they hit 9-of-10 inside 8 feet, 4-of-4 from three, and missed their only shot from the midrange (remember the Heat forced the Spurs into 23 midrange shots in Game 2, but they were getting to the rim again in Game 3.

Kawhi Leonard, who had not stood out in the first two games, had 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the first half. Danny Green added 13 after starting 6-of-6 shooting.

The Spurs at one point had the lead up to 25.

The Heat defense was not sharp, although it wasn’t as bad as the Spurs made it look — Miami miss some rotations and were late on some closeouts, but even when they defended the pick-and-roll well (as they did for stretches) it didn’t matter. San Antonio just hit the shot.

The Heat shot 56 percent themselves and got 16 points out of LeBron James, but they also had 10 turnovers.

The Heat went on a run at one point getting the lead down to “just 14” but the Spurs had pushed it up by the half again.

  1. kb2408 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    And Heat “fans” were seen heading for the exits…midway through the 2nd quarter. Hey, never too early to beat that South Beach traffic, huh?

    • gameisours - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      I don’t really root for any team so I’m not bias. But look, you’re just like them. Pathetic fan throwing dirts at other fans when their team lose and disappearing when their team wins.

      • dexterismyhero - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:52 PM

        you are full of BS just like the 0% chance that Anti threw out about the Spurs winning this game. dbag.

      • gameisours - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:14 AM

        Excuse me? I never said that SAS didn’t deserved that win. They did, big time. But that’s the only reason why kb2408 came out of his cave. If heat had won, he wouldn’t be even close to commenting. And that’s what’s wrong…

  2. rodge1 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Great performance by the Spurs. Look for them to come back down to earth in game 4.

    • kb2408 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      No, what you see tonight is what the Spurs truly are…an offensive machine. They “finally” got a big game out of Kawhi. Spurs in 5 or 6, like I’ve been saying. Miami is in a must win in game 4!!

      • antistratfordian - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:50 PM

        For a quarter, at least. They didn’t win because of their offense though. They won because Miami turned the ball over 20 times.

      • bucrightoff - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        The Spurs turned it over 23 times in game 1 and won so…

  3. moneyz2 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Only Pop will sit Duncan & Parker with 5:40 to go.

    • bucrightoff - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      Pop doesn’t care about anything except winning, same as Duncan and Pop. He thinks a lineup is rolling, he’s not gonna care about his stars.

      • bucrightoff - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:50 PM

        And I don’t care about getting Tony Parker’s name right…

      • moneyz2 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        But no other Coach in the NBA will sit his stars in the 4th quarter and the game by 14 with 5:40 to go.

  4. antistratfordian - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    That was an insane first quarter shooting performance by the Spurs. They lost the 2nd half though. But the first quarter was enough to sustain them.

    • bucrightoff - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      They lost the second half by 1 point. What a blowout second half performance by Miami.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM

        Right, the Spurs won the first half, the Heat won the 2nd half. But I guess that was expected – there was no way the Spurs were going to sustain that shooting. Indeed, they only shot 48% in the final 3 quarters.

      • bucrightoff - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:01 AM

        Who cares if the Spurs won the first 5 minutes by 30 points and Miami lost by 1. There are no style points for wins, not in the playoffs especially.

    • johnc44 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      antistratfordian – Jun 6, 2014 at 5:50 AM

      Well here’s the deal. The chances of the Spurs winning the first home game in Miami are 0%

      Well here`s the deal.You don`t know ****

      • antistratfordian - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        No, Johnc44… I actually said 0.01%. Looks like the Spurs found a way into that 0.01%.

        It was hairy there for a second though, you must admit. You thought the Spurs might choke it away.

      • johnc44 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:47 AM

        Wrong again anti.I just copy and pasted your comment.

    • dexterismyhero - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      the sun shines somewhere doesn’t it? the spurs missed 4 free throws in game 2 toward the end of the game, but the heat sustained right? you are a total dbag homer. let the games play out man.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:05 AM

        I don’t even know what you’re talking about. The Heat sustained what?

      • dexterismyhero - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:19 AM

        0% chance of winning the game. God your an A$$. Again, let the games play out dbag.

        Right, the Spurs won the first half, the Heat won the 2nd half. But I guess that was expected – there was no way the Spurs were going to sustain that shooting.

    • davidly - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      I’d say the fourth quarter was more than enough to sustain them.

  5. patfic5 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Hey …the fans can get home in time for Sportscenter …

  6. Great Caesar's Ghost - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Interesting game. 2-1 Spurs same as last year right? I thought Miami would have more confidence attacking the basket but nice job by SA closing the lanes. Great series so far. Of course we’re all just killing time until the Greek Freak takes over the NBA.

    • dexterismyhero - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Adam Silver is not Greek.

      • Great Caesar's Ghost - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:03 AM

        LOL oh right.

    • davidly - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      Ginobli is not Greek.

  7. ajw21 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    The Spurs did win the 1st half by 21, Heat did win the 2nd half by 2, doesn’t look as good when stated like that, fyi: Through 3 games Spurs +32.
    Doesn’t matter though, Gotta win 2 more games!
    Go Spurs!

  8. themagicfanguy - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    The spurs won the GAME bandwagon loser, they also won the fourth quarter I you want to look at it like that. Have fun trying to act like it’s not a big deal for the next few days when you know it is.

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