2014 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs Respond Like Champions In Game 3

Danny Green

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It’s tough to predict how some teams will react to adversity. The San Antonio Spurs are not one of those teams. Everybody knew after a demoralizing Game 2 loss that the Spurs wouldn’t be fazed. But no one predicted the offensive onslaught that unfolded in Game 3.

To say that the Spurs came out on fire Tuesday night, wouldn’t do it justice. San Antonio dropped 71 first half points, shooting a Finals record 75.8 percent from the field.

But of course there was a Miami Heat run in the second half. It doesn’t matter the game or situation — everybody makes a run in the NBA.

Dwyane Wade and company made things interesting in the third and fourth quarters, cutting the lead to seven at one point, but it ultimately wasn’t enough.

This was a championship-caliber performance from the Spurs. After a real punch to the stomach in Game 2, the veteran squad found a way to get it done emphatically in Game 3. Even the most blind Heat fans cannot deny that the Spurs played like champions from start to finish.

However, when you get down to it, this was just one game. The momentum has swung back to San Antonio, but that doesn’t mean Miami won’t come out in backs-against-the-wall mode in Game 4. LeBron James could easily go off and knot the series at two games a piece.

If you’re a Spurs, you feel real good about this victory. Any doubts about Gregg Popovich‘s squad being able to hang with champs has been erased. This veteran Spurs team is focused on avenging last year’s heartbreaking defeat, to say the least.

Your move, King James.

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