NBA Finals 2014 – At halftime of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat have scored 50 points on 44 possessions, have shot 56 percent from the field, hit seven of their fourteen three-point attempts, have assisted on 11 of their nineteen field goals… and are down 21 to the San Antonio Spurs at home, the largest lead by a road team in NBA Finals history.
The San Antonio Spurs well-oiled machine seems to have gotten an upgrade over since Sunday, displaying the best half of offense in basketball history, scoring 71 points in 24 minutes of basketball. Lead by Kawhi Leonard whose 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting is currently a game-high, the Spurs have shot 75 percent from the field and 70 percent from three.
Typically in games such as this, defense is an issue, matador-like as some would define it, but that isn’t the case here. The Miami Heat are defending, the Spurs are just making shots. And despite the lead being at 21, this doesn’t feel like a 21-point game. Fighting back, the Heat are doing their best to keep up with this Spurs offense, it just hasn’t been enough, a feeling that hasn’t been felt in a Miami game since the 2011 NBA Finals.
It’s not often offenses are able to sustain this type of play, but the San Antonio Spurs aren’t normal. If the Miami Heat are gonna come back and win this game, they’ll have to do it in a fight against insanity and history.
Spurs up 21. Per @ESPNStatsInfo, the largest halftime deficit overcome in the NBA Finals during the shot-clock era: 21.
— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) June 11, 2014