San Antonio Spurs score 41 first-quarter points in Game 3
“It’s not something you can plan for,” Manu Ginobili said. “There was no magic plays. We just moved the ball, and every shot went in.”
San Antonio’s first quarter was historic — the Spurs scored 41 points on 86.7 percent shooting. They started out 13-of-15 shooting from the floor (and they were 7-of-10 from three in the first half). In that first quarter the Spurs hit 9-of-10 inside 8 feet, 4-of-4 from three, and missed their only shot from the midrange.
“I don’t think we’ll ever shoot 76 percent in a half ever again,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
Kawhi Leonard was 5-of-5 in the quarter and was not hesitating as he did due to foul trouble in the first two games.
It was just beautiful to watch, and you can see it again here.
It’s awe-inspiring to watch a team operate like this, especially against one of the best defenses in the NBA. After last game, it was fair to say the Heat’s defenses made an impact on how San Antonio operated on offense, but with Gregg Popovich opting to insert Boris Diaw into the starting lineup, enchanting an already-potent offense, that defense has had little impact on the these guys. The ball movement was laser precise and with each great batch of defense, the offense near perfect. You know what Mark Jackson says? Great defense, better offense. That’s the only way to describe this spectacle. It’s not often you see teams score 40-plus points, but when it happens it’s a thing of beauty.