Not so much, said the Spurs, who authored the most incendiary first-half performance in Finals history Tuesday night.
It started with a blistering opening frame:
The Spurs' 41 points is the third-highest first quarter total in NBA Finals history.— Quixem Ramirez (@quixem) June 11, 2014
According to @NBAPR last time a team scored 40+ pts in a qtr in the Finals was the Celtics netting 42 in the 4th of Game 6 of the '08 Finals— Shandel Richardson (@ShandelRich) June 11, 2014
By the midway point of the second quarter, the only two Spurs who had missed a field goal were—ironically enough—the team’s two best: Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.
Kawhi Leonard, meanwhile, was busy authoring the best quarter of his short career:
And Kawhi Leonard's 16 first-quarter points are the most he's ever scored in a quarter.— Bill Reiter (@foxsportsreiter) June 11, 2014
After tallying just 18 points combined over the first two tilts, Leonard’s breakout performance couldn’t have come at a more crucial time for San Antonio, which looked to regain home-court advantage.
Unless you witnessed it live, it’s difficult to describe how palpably urgent San Antonio’s attack really was. In fact, in terms of sheer efficiency, you have to go all the way back to Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls to find a statistical first-quarter equal:
Spurs 86.7% shooting in first quarter is a Finals record, breaking 85% Bulls shot in Game 2 of 1991 Finals.— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) June 11, 2014
Spurs lead Heat at half, 71-50. San Antonio is shooting a BLAZING 75.8% from the field, highest FG % in a half in NBA Finals history.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 11, 2014
Spurs are 1st team to score at least 70 points in 1st half of a playoff game since 1987 Lakers did it in this game http://t.co/pQXdqIeKCg— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 11, 2014
Miami, meanwhile, appeared somewhat shell-shocked by the Spurs’ basketball blitzkrieg, and never fully recovered.
After the game, even the typically stoic Gregg Popovich couldn't help but be in awe of his team's performance:
Lest you believe this a bellwether, however, these two teams have a history of trading Finals haymakers. Dating back to last year’s seven-game classic, five of the teams’ nine showdowns have been decided by 10 points or more.
Eventual outcome aside, let's hope San Antonio's lights-out performance better helps us appreciate just how devastatingly divine its brand of basketball really was.
In the mean time, please enjoy this compilation video of all the Spurs' first-half makes. Please have a pot of coffee ready; you're going to be here awhile.