The Miami Heat got what they deserved, according to their coach
After San Antonio's 113-77 beat down on Tuesday night in Game 3 of the NBA finals, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra started his press conference by saying "we got what we deserved tonight." It wasn't the last time he said that.
"We got what we deserved. They got into an incredible rhythm, even in the first quarter. Every shot they wanted to get, they got. We did not disrupt them." Spoelstra said. "We got what we deserved. They got into an incredible rhythm and we were playing from behind virtually from the start."
When asked what he meant by "we got what we deserved," Spoelstra was quick to respond.
"You know what I mean by that. It's pretty obvious," he said. "They played with more force and more focus and teams that do that typically get what you deserve. They outplayed us, outclassed us from the very tip."
The Spurs exploded for an NBA finals record 16 three-pointers -- six of them in the fourth quarter -- in the lopsided win. Accounting for 13 of those made three-point shots, Danny Green and Gary Neal outscored Miami's Big Three, 51-43. According to ESPN Stats & Info, San Antonio's 36-point win is the third-largest margin of victory by any team in NBA Finals history. It was also the largest postseason loss in Miami's franchise history.
Neal knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to start the fourth quarter, giving the Spurs a 21-point lead. After that, Green took over and nailed four straight from long range. Spoelstra had a front row seat for the barrage of three-pointers and all he could do was watch.