Hardly anyone — any rational person — could have expected what the San Antonio Spurs did to the two-time defending champion Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.
Not the Spurs. “We won’t ever shoot 75 percent in a half again,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.
Not the Heat: “They had us on our heels from the beginning,” Miami’s LeBron James said. “This is something that at this point in the season shouldn’t happen.”
Overall, the Spurs executed their offense to near perfection much of the night.
“It was fun to watch, and it was one of those games where it happens once in a while,” said Spurs’ sixth man Manu Ginobili, who finished with 11 points.
Dwyane Wade had 22 points and Rashard Lewis 16, but the rest of the Heat players were nullified. Mario Chalmers did not score. Chris Bosh only had nine points. The team tried to rally and cut the Spurs’ lead to under 10 points late in the third quarter, sparking hope.
But the energy expended to get that close weighed on Miami, and San Antonio continued to function at prime level.