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              San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of Game 3 in their NBA basketball Western Conference finals playoff series, Thursday, May 31, 2012, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Spurs Set NBA Records In Game 3 Defeat Over Heat

Jane Bartlett Pappas
Contributor

The San Antonio Spurs made NBA Finals history Tuesday night while defeating the Heat 111-92 in Miami’s American Airlines Arena.

The Spurs dominated the game from the start by placing 41 points on the scoreboard during the first quarter. According to the official website of the NBA, this number breaks a record set by the Philadelphia 76ers and San Francisco Warriors in the 1976 Finals.

The Spurs made an impressive 13 of 15 shots in the first half alone.

They did not stop there.

According to a tweet by SportsCenter, by halftime the Spurs field goal percentage was 75.8%, the highest ever achieved by an NBA team in a half.

 

While San Antonio was setting team records, 22-year-old Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was setting records as well. Leonard scored a game-high of 29 points for the Spurs, creating a significant difference on the scoreboard. His hard-to-miss presence on the court could not have come at a better time for the Spurs.

According to SportsCenter, the odds are in San Antonio’s favor. A tweet published by the sports news program after the game read: “When road teams win Game 3 in NBA Finals to go up 2-1, they’ve gone on to win the title 90% of the time.”

Game 4 will be played in Miami on Thursday at 9 p.m., ET.