Gary Neal seemed quite intent on making Game 3 of the 2013 NBA Finals be remembered as the "Gary Neal Game."
The Spurs' reserve guard topped his regular-season points-per-game average early in Game 3, draining four three-pointers in the first half on Tuesday night. His final triple of the first half came as time expired in the second quarter.
LeBron James tried to score in the paint in the final seconds of the half, but had his shot partially blocked by San Antonio's Danny Green. Tim Duncan recovered the loose ball and delivered a crisp outlet pass to Tony Parker at the three-point line. Parker took one dribble and quickly found Neal running down the left side. With one second left, Neal rose up and knocked down the three-point shot to cap a 7-2 San Antonio run.
At the end of the half, Neal led the Spurs in scoring with 14 points.
“We have to focus on making [open shots]. Right now I’ve been reading it pretty good and making my shots," Neal told ESPN's Doris Burke before heading to the locker room.
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Although Green would eventually challenge him for Game 3 naming rights, Neal continued his hot shooting as the Spurs extended their lead in the third and fourth quarters. Within the first minute of the fourth, Neal made back-to-back three-pointers to give San Antonio a 21-point lead. Neal finished with 24 points in San Antonio's 113-77 blowout win on 9-for-17 shooting from the floor, including 6 for 10 from beyond the arc. Green finished with 27 points, with seven made three-point shots.
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