San Antonio lead 41-25 after the first quarter on the way to a 111-92 victory over the Miami Heat.
“It was huge, especially the first quarter” The Argentine said. “It was incredible. At a point I think we were 19 for 20. It was fun to watch and it was one of those games that happens once in a while”
“We may play 20, 30 games and that's not going to happen again.” He added. “We were very inspired early in the game, we took a great lead and we sort of maintained it.”
The Spurs in fact hit 18 of their first 20 shots, taking a 41-25 lead at the end of the first quarter. At one point in the second quarter the lead stretched to 25, with the Spurs shooting 90.5% to the Heat's 50%.
Each made their first six shots, with Leonard's 16-point first quarter marking the highest total for a single quarter in his career. He finished with 29 and Green chipped in 15 on 7-8 shooting to go with his five steals.
While the Spurs' role players came up big in Game 3, the Heat are still waiting for theirs to make an impact. Mario Chalmers was anonymous yet again, with the Heat playing their best ball with no point guard on the floor, and a few three-pointers from Rashard Lewis will not be enough to turn the series their way.
Miami will be pleased that Dwyane Wade finally found some form. He shot 8-12 on the way to 22 points, tying LeBron James for the team high.
This was not enough though as the Spurs played what was essentially a perfect game. When players like Leonard, Green and Boris Diaw are firing San Antonio are an extremely tough team to beat, and the Heat will need to find a way to get them out of their offensive rhythm in Game 4.