Video: Spurs set Finals record with 16 three-pointers in Game 3 against Heat
SAN ANTONIO — It didn’t take long for the 2012-13 Spurs to raise what already seemed like an incredibly high bar.
The Spurs connected on 14 three-pointers to take Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Grizzlies. That mark set a franchise playoff record that stood for less than a month, thanks to an insane barrage in a 113-77 win over the Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday.
San Antonio made a Finals-record 16 three-pointers on 32 attempts to take a 2-1 series lead over Miami. Spurs guard Danny Green, who finished with a game-high 27 points, hit seven three-pointers after going 5-for-5 from deep in Game 2. Gary Neal added six more threes to score 24 points off the bench.
“Luckily, I’ve been open,” Green said. “I hit some shots. Some dropped for me. My teammates did a good job of finding me and encouraging me to shoot every time I was open. [Coach Gregg Popovich] does a great job telling us to let it fly.”
The Spurs registered 29 assists, regularly making the extra pass to upgrade a good look into a great look.
“The ball movement was great today,” Neal said. “Coming into Game 3, we knew we had to move the ball. We were able to move it and get open shots and be able to get our feet set.”
San Antonio’s 36-point victory was the largest margin of defeat in the Heat’s postseason franchise history. The Spurs pulled away early in the fourth quarter and cruised to the final buzzer, two days after getting blown out in Miami in Game 2.
“[Green and Neal were] huge for us,” Tim Duncan said. “Those guys shot incredibly. Gave us the breathing room when we needed it. … Danny has been solid all season long. He’s one of our best shooters. Gary has been up and down. Those guys stepping up on this stage in this game is huge for us.”
Game 4 is Thursday in San Antonio.