San Antonio Spurs hope for better effort in Game 3 of NBA Finals

Game 3 to tip off at 8 p.m. on KSAT 12


SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs hope some home cooking will help produce better results when the NBA Finals resume in the Alamo City on Tuesday night.

A second-half Game 2 demolition by Miami on Sunday has created some momentum for the Heat as they start a stretch of three straight games on the road.

Miami used a ferocious 33-5 run to turn a close contest into a lopsided affair en route to a 103-84 victory that evened the series at a game apiece.

San Antonio hopes to get a better effort from their "Big 3," who struggled in Game 2.

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The Spurs' trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined for only 27 points in Game 2 after compiling 54 in San Antonio's Game 1 victory. The Spurs now need to quickly forget the thrashing.

"If you look at the result – being 1-1, it's not bad," Ginobili said. "But you don’t want to play like this in an NBA Finals. You don't want to give them that much confidence and you feeling bad about yourself."

Miami forward LeBron James has been held to a 17.5 average in the first two games and didn't even lead the Heat in scoring on Sunday, when Mario Chalmers was the most pivotal figure with 19 points.

Also stepping up for the Heat were veteran guard Ray Allen, who scored 13 points in each of the first two contests. Mike Miller and Chris Andersen each contributed nine points off the bench in Game 2.

James said he feels Miami's supporting cast has the edge despite the perception that the Spurs have a deeper list of contributors.

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"They've been making an impact all year long and they feel like their supporting cast is better," James said. "We feel like our supporting cast is better. It's who goes out and does it each and every night to help seal wins."

KSAT 12's coverage of the NBA Finals begins with a "Drive For 5" sports special at 7 p.m. followed by the game at 8 p.m.

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