The San Antonio Spurs hit the floor in American Airlines Arena focused and ready to play in Tuesday night's Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. The result of the first 24 minutes was a level of efficiency never before witnessed on basketball's biggest stage, as the Spurs converted 75.8 percent of their field-goal attempts to set a new record for highest field-goal percentage in one half of a Finals game, according to ESPN's broadcast of the contest.
The Spurs made 13 of their 15 shots (86.7 percent) from the floor in the first quarter, adding 11 free throws in 13 attempts. The Heat previously hadn't allowed more than 55 points in any half during the 2014 Playoffs, but San Antonio reached 55 by the 8:08 mark of the second quarter, per ESPN Stats & Info.
By the time the first half was over, the Spurs—sitting at 71 points—had become the first team since the 1987 Lakers to score 70 points or more in the first half of a playoff game, per ESPN Stats & Info.
According to NBA.com/stats, This year's Spurs have accounted for the two best shooting quarters in NBA Finals history. In addition to Tuesday's 86.7-percent first quarter, San Antonio set a Finals record by making 87.5 percent of its field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter of Game 1.
LeBron James and Co. have had all the answers over the last few seasons, but they may have finally met their match against the Spurs' historically-efficient offense.