The 2013 NBA Finals resumed on Tuesday, June 11, as the San Antonio Spurs demolished the Miami Heat by a score of 113-77. Behind career performances from Danny Green an Gary Neal, the Spurs earned a 2-1 lead and thus took control of the series.
With all of the hype, one thing is clear: There were quite a few highlights from this affair.
Green finished with 27 points on 7-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc, while Neal tallied 24 points on 6-of-10 shooting from distance. Kawhi Leonard added 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Tim Duncan flipped those numbers with 12 points and 14 boards.
For Miami, Dwyane Wade tallied 16 points, five assists and four steals, while Chris Bosh added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Miller tallied 15 on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc, with LeBron James managed to tally 15 points on 7-of-21 shooting.
As the Spurs broke down the Heat's defense and tore this game open, there were quite a few memorable moments. In fact, this game provided some of the greatest thrills of the series.
Here are the top five that will inevitably end up on the series' highlight reel.
5. Behind the Back for 2
It may have been a rough night for the Miami Heat, but that didn't stop Ray Allen from making one of the top plays of the game. Most surprisingly, that didn't stop Allen from making one of the best passes of the game.
A gorgeous behind-the-back feed to LeBron James in transition.
The play started on defense, where Norris Cole stole the ball from point guard Cory Joseph. Cole proceeded to chase the ball down, dive onto the floor and thus flipped the ball back to Allen, who was running in transition.
The NBA's leading three-point shooter proceeded to take it to the basket, got Joseph to commit and went behind-the-back to LeBron. As one might expect, the reigning MVP was more than capable of finishing around the basket.
A shining moment in an otherwise disappointing performance.
4. Manu Ginobili Finishes in Transition
Throughout the course of the 2013 NBA playoffs, one of the most criticized players has been San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili. Not only have his contributions been questioned, but he's been called all but done at 35.
On Tuesday night he quieted some of the critics with a pair of turn-back-the-clock dunks.
At No. 4, Ginobili used a transition scoring opportunity as a chance to prove his legs still have some bounce in them. After Kawhi Leonard picked up one of his four steals, the Spurs broke into the open court in a 2-on-1 set.
In a throwback moment, Ginobili threw down a one-hand jam that caught everyone by surprise.
He wasn't finished.
3. Manu Strikes Again
After the first dunk we displayed, it's easy to believe that Ginobili was done with his explosive play. Believe it or not, Ginobili dunked more than just once during Game 3.
This one was significantly more impressive.
Ginobili used his signature up-fake to catch Dwyane Wade off-balance. Ginobili proceeded to attack the basket, entering the paint and rising up with the rim in his eyes.
Surprisingly, it wasn't a euro step layup—it was a phenomenal two-handed dunk.
2. Gary Neal Beats the Buzzer
The individual play of the night belonged to San Antonio Spurs guard Gary Neal, who finished with a playoff career-high 24 points. While the shots may have fallen all night, none were as important as the three Neal hit just before the halftime buzzer.
With the Spurs up by just three points, Neal started the blowout with a gorgeous three-pointer off of the feed from Tony Parker.
He did it all game long.
As impressive as the shot was, the events that preceded the three made it even better. As great plays usually do, it all started on defense.
With LeBron James attacking out of an isolation set, Danny Green not only stopped him, but blocked his shot. Tim Duncan immediately pounced on the rebound and made the outlet pass to Parker.
After just one dribble, Parker anticipated Neal's stride and found him in the perfect position for the three that changed it all—an extraordinary shot by a player who came through with an incredible performance.
1. The 3s Rain Down
During the San Antonio Spurs' 113-77 Game 3 victory, they set an NBA Finals record with 16 three-point field goals made. Fortunately, the NBA provided a video breakdown of every single three-point field goal.
Check the video provided above and watch in awe as the Spurs make history.
An extraordinary feat.
Not only were the Spurs able to make 16 three-point field goals, but they did so while shooting 50.0 percent from beyond the arc. Gary Neal and Danny Green combined for 13 of those three-point field goals, while Leonard hit two and Parker hit one.
San Antonio was clicking on all cylinders.
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