The San Antonio Spurs took a 2 to 1 lead over the Miami Heat on Tuesday, winning easily, 111-92. The Spurs got off the blocks quickly, making 19 of their first 21 shots, an NBA record, and scoring 41 points in the 1st quarter. The Spurs hot shooting continued in the 2nd quarter and ended with 71 points in the 1st half, taking a shocking 21 point lead into halftime.
The Spurs were led by Kawhi Leonard who was on fire all night, shooting 10 for 13 from the field, finishing with a game high 29 points. Tony Parker and Danny Green each chipped in with 15 points a piece. It was a quite night for Tim Duncan who scored just 14 points and only took 7 shots.
In addition to Leonard’s stellar offensive night, he also contributed on the defensive end, helping keep Lebron James to 22 points on 9 for 14 shooting.
The series is starting to take a very similar path with the Spurs winning games 1 and 3, the latter by convincing fashion. The Spurs also won game 3 by a large margin in last year’s NBA Finals, 113-77. In that game, Lebron James also struggled, scoring 15 points on a uncharacteristically poor 7 for 21 shooting night. Last year it was different supporting cast member of the Spurs to go off for a career night, Danny Green scored 27 points and knocked down 7 threes on 9 shots. The Heat bounced back in game 4 last season, returning the favor by blowing out the Spurs, 109-93, to tie up the series.
The difference this season is that the Spurs are the ones that hold the home court advantage. If the series ends up going the distance as it did last year, the game will be in San Antonio. It might be the slight edge that the Spurs need.
– Fern Rea
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