The Miami Heat had won 11 home playoff games in a row until Tuesday, when the San Antonio Spurs routed the two-time champs 111-92 take a 2-1 NBA Finals series lead.
The last time Miami had lost in South Beach was Game 1 of the 2013 Finals to San Antonio 92-88. Two days earlier this year, the Heat snapped the Spurs’ nine-game home winning streak during the postseason, but during the fourth period this had flashes of Game 6 in 2013 when fans left AmericanAirlines Arena early.
No yellow rope was out, nor was the Larry O’Brien Trophy at stake, yet fans flooded to the exits with the outcome seeming obvious well before Game 3’s completion. Coming into Tuesday, San Antonio had won one of their last eight contests in Miami.
Game 3 finely illustrated why the Spurs, an NBA-best 30-11 during away games this season, became the 38th road team to win in the playoffs this year, an NBA record.
San Antonio had 15 assists on 25 made field goals after 24 minutes and made 19 of their first 21 FGs versus the Heat en route to shooting an NBA-Finals best 75.8 percent from the field. The Spurs were 13-of-15 during the first quarter, second best in the Finals only to going 14-of-16 during the fourth period of Game 1.