Spurs Lead Heat 2-1 in NBA Finals
To the San Antonio Spurs, American Airlines Arena was the equivalent of a haunted house; a place where their championship dreams were spoiled last year by a corner three-pointer by the best long distance shooter to ever lace them up, and where a four-time most valuable player became a bogeyman with an improved jumper.
On Tuesday, the Spurs returned to the location of their greatest heartbreak, where the Miami Heat snatched away what they felt should’ve been a fifth NBA championship with two crushing wins. San Antonio was able to move on from those miserable memories with a few three-pointers and dunks by Kawhi Leonard, some unlikely runners by Danny Green, and a record-breaking shooting performance that resulted in a redemptive annihilation.
The Spurs will never be able to go back in time and make up for that disappointment, but they at least took a step toward getting the job done this season with a 111-92 victory that put them ahead two games to one in this best-of-seven series.
“They came in with a desperation that we just didn’t match,” LeBron James said of the Spurs.
The team that claims a 2-1 lead after the series was tied at one apiece has gone on to win the Finals 30 of the past 36 times. But the Heat is one of the teams that managed to complete the comeback and claim the championship, as it did last season.
The Post Sports Live crew debates whether a potential fifth NBA championship for Tim Duncan or a third consecutive title for LeBron James would be more impressive.