Danny Green, Gary Neal shoot Spurs to Game 3 win

Gary Neal Danny GreenIf you were told before Game 3 of the NBA Finals that Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker were going to combine for just 25 points in the contest, you would have thought the San Antonio Spurs lost, right? Well it turns out that good offensive games from those guys were not needed with the way Gary Neal and Danny Green shot the ball.

Green and Neal combined to score 51 points for the Spurs in a 113-77 blowout win over the Miami Heat in Game 3. The two combined to shoot 13-for-19 (68.4 percent) in the game as the Spurs made an NBA Finals record 16 3-pointers. Green in particular was spectacular once again.

Green went 9-for-15 and made 7 of 9 3-pointers in Game 3. He made both his free throws, got two steals, and added two blocks in the victory. Green made all five of his 3-point attempts in a Game 2 loss, and he went 4-for-9 on threes in Game 1. Yes, Green is currently shooting 69.9 percent (16-23) on threes in the NBA Finals. San Antonio is going to be hard to beat if he keeps up that clip.

Neal was nearly as impressive. He shot 9-of-17 from the field and 6-for-10 on threes to give him 24 points in the game. The third-year player from Towson also had this huge buzzer-beating three to end the first half, which came after Green blocked a LeBron James shot:

Neal was so confident that he was just bombing shots from all over the court. Early in the fourth quarter, just when it looked like the Heat might be coming back, Neal nailed back-to-back threes, including a deep one from 30 feet away:

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Gary Neal and Manu Ginobili Shots Are as Incredible as it Gets (Video)

The Spurs miraculously came back to beat the Grizzlies in Game 5 of the NBA Playoffs Wednesday evening in what had to have been the best game of the postseason thus far. The Spurs were down by three with under 10 seconds left and staring elimination in the face. This is the same San Antonio team that earned the top spot in the Western Conference, has won three titles with their core three, and whose window was closing. But for at least a day, the basketball gods ensured the Spurs legend would live on.

Check out these amazing shots made by both Manu Ginobili and Gary Neal that helped send the game to overtime. These two shots are every reason why it’s awesome to be a sports fan — skip ahead to the two minute mark in the video:

After such a crushing defeat in Game 5, I really wonder who has the more difficult task to conquer. San Antonio needs to win two more games to win the series while Memphis only needs one. Will they be demoralized after blowing a chance to clinch the series and advance? Will they be able to recover? Will the Spurs carry the momentum they gained from the thrilling comeback for the rest of the series? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s what makes watching these playoffs so darn exciting. I do have to tell you, I would favor the Spurs at this point. If Memphis can clinch the series, they will have accomplished a more impressive feat even though they’re ahead in the series.

Tyreke Evans Dunks on Gary Neal (Video)

Tyreke Evans dunked so hard on Gary Neal of the Spurs even he had to smile about it. His teammates were loving it, Tyreke had a sly grin, and the play-by-play announcer nailed it when he said “we’ll see you on every highlight reel in America, Mr. Evans.” Perfectly said.

Thanks to Jose3030 for the video, and check out LBS’ collection of monster dunks for more.