In a game that was over a couple minutes into the 3rd quarter, the Spurs annihilated the Heat 113-77, to take 2-1 series lead in the 2013 NBA Finals.
For the Heat, Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 16 points. LeBron James and Mike Miller each scored 15.
For the Spurs, Danny Green lead with 27 points, connecting on 7 threes. Gary Neal came off the bench to score 24 on 6 threes. Kwahi Leonard scored 14 points, and grabbed 12 rebounds.
James had another ugly offensive performance through the first 3 quarters, scoring only 4 points up until the end of the quarter. He looks to have lost the confidence in his jumpshot, and the only way he’s going to get his driving lanes to the basket, is to MAKE some jumpshots. The Spurs seem more than willing to concede the shot, and James is not making them pay for it.
This is one of the games the Heat will watch once and burn, as it was a horrible game from an effort standpoint. They came out flat and were lucky to get the game to 6 points at halftime. They came out dead-legged to start the 2nd half and were never able to respond. They lost the battle of the boards in ugly fashion (52-36), turned the ball over more (16-12), and just showed an unwillingness to cover the 3-point line, allowing the Spurs to hit an NBA Finals record 16 threes. This type of effort, especially from James and Wade, is unacceptable and will leave the Heat in a bad way if it’s not corrected. The bright spot from this game, is that they can only go up from here.
The Heat should definitely feel that their backs are against the wall, and come out hungry in Game 4 on Thursday. That game will start at 9 pm.