In a pivotal game 3 on Tuesday night, the San Antonio Spurs showed just how unbeatable they are when they are firing on all cylinders.
The Spurs scored 71 points and shot an NBA Finals record 75.8% from the field in the first half of game 3, on their way to a 111-93 win over the Miami Heat. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs’ offensive assault with a career high 29 points, including 18 in the first half.
The 22-year old Leonard didn’t just have a great offensive game, but he had a solid game on the defensive end as well. LeBron James, Leonard’s primary cover, finished with just 22 points, 13 shy of his amount from last game. Despite LeBron shooting a great field goal percentage, Kawhi made LeBron work for everything, and he helped force seven turnovers from the King. Leonard and Danny Green set the defensive tone very early, as the two combined for seven steals, three blocks, and countless big plays against LeBron and Dwyane Wade throughout the game.
The Spurs came out of the gates on fire, scoring 41 points in the first quarter. They took a 15 point lead into the second period and never looked back. The Heat got the lead, which at its highest was 25, down to single digits for a brief time in the second half, but ultimately, the Spurs offense was just too lethal. They finished the game shooting a blistering 59% from the field.
With the win, the Spurs regained the homecourt advantage that they lost in game 2. They will look to take a commanding 3-1 lead on Thursday in game 4.
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