This time, LeBron James couldn’t figure it out and without its leader, the Miami Heat was lost.
With James struggling mightily for the bulk of Tuesday’s Game 3, San Antonio took advantage of an explosion from reserve guard Gary Neal and breakout series star Danny Green, strong play by its starters and the re-emergence of Manu Ginobili to take a 2-1 series lead after a 113-77 blowout win.
Green scored 27 points, on 7-of-9 shooting from three, while Neal scored 24, as the Spurs set a Finals record by nailing 16 threes (on 32 attempts).
Kawhi Leonard added 14 points and 12 rebounds, Tim Duncan 12 points and 14 rebounds. James scored 15 and has been held under 20 points in each of the first three games, the first time that has happened to him in three post-season games in a row since Dallas beat Miami in the Finals in 2011.
James shot 7-for-21, Mario Chalmers, one of Game 2’s stars, went 0-for-5.