So last week when we said that the 2013 NBA Finals were going to be legendary, we didn’t expect records to be broken by a couple of players who aren’t named Duncan, Parker, or James.
Danny Green and Gary Neal led the Spurs to a dominating 113-77 win over the Heat on Tuesday night (June 11). These two players were part of the bigger story, which were the 16 3-pointers made by San Antonio.
Previously, the NBA Finals record for 3-pointers belonged to the 1994-95 Houston Rockets, the ’94-’95 Orlando Magic and last year’s Heat with 14 apiece. Even more surprising was that this record was accomplished by a pair of players that previously had trouble finding spots on NBA teams.
Gary Neal not only went undrafted after attending LaSalle and Towson, he was forced to play overseas in Italy, Spain and Turkey for the past three seasons. During the previous eight playoff games he was on the court for less than 20 minutes. Last night, Neal was 4-for-9 from the floor, which included a trio of 3-pointers.
Danny Green was selected by the Cavaliers in the 2009 Draft and was later cut by LeBron’s former team. He was picked up by the Spurs in 2010, but was eventually assigned to the Austin Toros, the Spurs D-League squad. Green’s previous claim to fame was once scoring 40 points during an entire season. Currently, he’s leading the NBA Finals in scoring with 56 points. In Game 3 alone, he landed seven 3-pointers, which placed him into a tie with Mike Miller, Ray Allen, Scottie Pippen, and Kenny Smith for the second most in NBA Finals history.
Besides the remarkable play of Neal and Green, Kawhi Leonard held King James to 15 points, which was his lowest of this year’s Finals.
Also, Tony Parker might be injured. But, with the clobbering of Miami, the Spurs “Big Three” (Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Parker) have now won 100 postseason games. This is second all-time to the “Showtime” era Lakers (Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Michael Cooper).
It’s unlikely that the Heat will get embarrassed this badly again, but when a team is on fire, it’s hard to cool them down. Even if Parker is out, the Spurs have some newly recognized weapons that could end the series sooner than expected.
Game 4 goes down on Thursday @ 9 p.m. in San Antonio.
And, if you missed the historic Game 3, check out the video below.
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