2014 NBA Finals Game 3 postgame analysis: 7 numbers tell story of Spurs win over Heat

Seven numbers that tell the story of the San Antonio Spurs’ 111-92 win over the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals (Spurs lead series 2-1):

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18 – Points scored by the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard in Games 1 and 2 combined, and the number of points he scored in the first half of Game 3 alone to help San Antonio jump out to a 21-point halftime lead. Leonard, who averaged 14.6 points per game in last year’s NBA Finals, notched a career-high 29 points on Tuesday night to lead all scorers. The 22-year-old went 10 of 13 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line.

55.9 - The Heat’s first-half field-goal percentage. And yet, they trailed by over 20 points at halftime, thanks to the next number on this list.

90.5 - The Spurs’ field-goal percentage through the game’s first 16 minutes. San Antonio made 19 of its first 21 attempts from the floor to jump out to a 55-30 lead. The Spurs’ 75.8% shooting from the field in the first half is an NBA Finals record.

48 – Spurs’ first-half points not scored by their long-time Big Three (Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker) – just two points shy of Miami’s total first-half scoring output.

7 – Turnovers committed by LeBron James – his highest single-game total in this season’s playoffs. James has committed 15 turnovers in the first three games of this series; the last time he committed more in any three-game stretch was when he had 17 in games played on Dec. 7-10. James averaged just 2.6 turnovers per game during last season’s NBA Finals.

2 – Consecutive playoff road wins for the Spurs, which had lost eight of their previous 10 postseason games away from home. San Antonio was an NBA-best 30-11 on the road during the 2013-14 regular season.

8 – The number of times (not counting this series) that the Heat have trailed in a playoff series since LeBron’s arrival. Miami has come back to win the previous seven.

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