2014 NBA Finals: For San Antonio to win the Finals they would have to win at least one in Miami–something no one had done the entire post season.
Beat the Heat in Miami.
Of course to do so they would need to figure out why they wilted at the end of Game Two Sunday night and do something about it–and they did.
They scored 71 points in the first half by making 75.8 percent of their shots–a new NBA Finals record–en route to a 111-92 win.
“It’s not something you can plan for,” San Antonio reserve Manu Ginobili said. “There was no magic plays. We just moved the ball and every shot went in.”
Of course when it comes to overcoming deficits there are few teams that can do it quite like the Miami Heat. After falling behind by 21 at the half a hot start to the second pulled the Heat within seven, but with LeBron James not doing much since the first period (14 points in the first; eight points in the other three) the Spurs were too much for them.
What was even more surprising than a quiet night from James was an even quieter night from San Antonio’s Big Three. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker combined for just 40 points.
So who was the hero of the night? It was Kawhi Leonard with a playoff and career high 29 points.
“I just found a rhythm and my teammates found me the ball. I made shots,” Leonard said.
The loss was the first at home for the Heat during the post season, but as hard as that was the Spurs will have an even bigger task ahead in Game Four. Miami has not lost back to back games since the 2011-12 Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.
Game Four will be Thursday night in Miami.