Tuesday night, the Miami Heat and the Spurs went at it again for Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Though if you’re a Heat fan, you’re probably feeling pretty bad right about now as the Miami Heat lost badly at home Tuesday night.
Since this was the first home game for the Miami Heat during the finals, and LeBron James was healthy enough to play, it was expected that the Heat would come out strong, but that wasn’t the case. In the first 16 minutes of the game, the Spurs were destroying the Miami Heat. San Antonio built up a 25-point lead into the second quarter.
Miami was able to cut down the difference between them and the Spurs at the end of the third quarter, but couldn’t do much more in the fourth quarter. LeBron James scored 14 points in the first quarter, but finished with 22 points in the 4th quarter. Dwyane Wade finished the game off with 22 points. From there, the Spurs kept the lead the entire game.
The final score was 119-92. This loss was the first home loss for the Heat, and now they have a record of (8-1) in this year’s playoffs. The Spurs lead the series 2-1, and now both teams will be preparing for Game 4 on Thursday.
During Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Miami heat could have won, but they eventually fell apart due to the intense conditions of Game 1. This allowed the Spurs to take the lead and win. During Game 2, the Miami Heat was able to make a comeback and win.
Now the question is, why did the heat lose Game 3 so badly? The answer is defense. First, Leonard Drew used his brute strength to defend LeBron James. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says this about Drew:
“Well, we just wanted him to be who he’s been the whole year, in the regular season, and in the playoffs. I think the foul situations the first two games, really he overreacted to them and became very cautious, and he doesn’t play like that. He’s got to be real active at both ends, and so he figured it out.”
LeBron James said: “They jumped on us and they were the aggressor, This is something at this point in the season, that should not happen.”
Even though Miami definitely used up all their energy in Game 3, it doesn’t mean they can’t come back in Game 4 and claim victory. Tune in Thursday night to see if the Miami Heat or the Spurs win Game 4.
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