Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs: Game 3 Postgame Grades and Analysis

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Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs: Game 3 Postgame Grades and Analysis
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The Miami Heat now trail the San Antonio Spurs 2-1 in the NBA Finals after falling 113-77 on the road.

South Beach didn't have it from the very beginning. The Heat struggled to score on the Spurs' defense all night and were lucky to be in the game as long as they were.

San Antonio headed into the half with a six-point lead before blowing it open in the third quarter.

Led by Danny Green's eight points, the Spurs outscored the Heat 28-19, allowing them to take a 15-point advantage into the fourth. Had LeBron James not ended the period scoring nine straight points, the Heat would have been down by even more.

Somehow, the fourth quarter got progressively worse for Miami. James and friends were outscored 35-14, throwing in the towel well before the final buzzer sounded.

While the Heat had a contest to forget, the Spurs have plenty to smile about. Teams that have entered Game 3 of the finals in a 1-1 tie and won have gone on to win the series 92.3 percent of the time since 1985.

That's something for the Heat to think about as they look ahead to Game 4.

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