The Spurs were blown out by the Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, and last night they responded by returning the favor. San Antonio ripped Miami, 113-77, to take a 2-1 series lead.
At one point during the game, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was captured giving his team some inspiring advice: “All the shots are great. If you feel confident, let it fly! Get your name in the paper.”
And boy, did the Spurs let it fly! They sank 16 three pointers, scorching their names into the newspapers and the record books. The Spurs’ 36-point margin of victory was the third largest in NBA Finals history, and their 16 threes set a new Finals record, (The previous record had been 14.).
Check out this video of every one of the Spurs’ record-setting threes:
The Spurs Big Three combined for 25 total points, but it was role players Danny Green and Gary Neal who really embraced Popovich’s advice. They combined for 13 of the 16 three-pointers and combined for a total of 51 points.
Green was on fire, hitting 7-9 three pointers and scoring 27 points. He was one shot away from breaking Heat guard Ray Allen’s record seven threes in an NBA Finals game.
Neal was also aflame, hitting 6 of 10 from downtown and racking up 24 points. Neal and Green combined for 13 of 19 from behind the arc.
Everything wasn't perfect for the Spurs in Game 3: Tony Parker went out with a hamstring injury. His status for Game 4 is uncertain. Also uncertain: If the Heat can rebound from the pounding they took last night.
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