MIAMI - Through one half of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, it felt like the Miami Heat would be catching a break in only receiving a single loss from a demolition at the hands of the Spurs. By the end, the Heat had shown some heart, but could not fully recover from San Antonio's historically good start and a career game from Kawhi Leonard.
The Heat ran into an offensive juggernaut playing at a level of excellence never before seen in the Finals and fell behind in this series 2-1, giving up 71 points in the first half on the way to a 111-92 home loss.
“Any questions about defence, you can ball them up and throw 'em in the trash. It was all bad,” said Heat big man Chris Bosh, who scored a quiet nine points.
“They came out in a different gear than what we were playing with,” added Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra.
LeBron James was dominant again, but Leonard, his counterpart, matched his production from the start, then added nine points to James' four to slam the door in the fourth. Leonard outscored James 18-16 in the opening half and 29-22 for the game, making up for a poor start to the series.