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           === Heat try to cool off Spurs in Game 4 of NBA Finals ===
 (  -  After one  of the greatest  offensive halves in league
 history,  the  San Antonio  Spurs will  try to  put a  stranglehold on the NBA
 Finals  when  they visit AmericanAirlines  Arena for  Game 4 against the Miami
 The  Spurs shot a  Finals record 75.8 percent from the floor in the first half
 in  Tuesday's Game  3. They  blitzed the  Heat during  that first  24 minutes,
 building a 25-point lead at one point and posting a 111-92 victory.
 San  Antonio registered  41 first-quarter points and led 71-50 after the first
 half.  The Heat stormed  back a bit in the third, but the Spurs were too much.
 They  reclaimed  homecourt advantage and  snapped Miami's 11-game home winning
 streak in the postseason dating back to Game 1 of last year's Finals.
 "We  think we can win on every court. We have the best record on the road, and
 we  love playing on the road. Sometimes I feel like we play better on the road
 than at home," Spurs guard Tony Parker said after practice on Wednesday. "So I
 don't  think we had  doubts that we can win in Miami. Now we realized it was a
 crazy game and we're not going to play like that every night, that's for sure.
 But hopefully we can keep playing well."
 Kawhi  Leonard  was the  hero for the  Spurs on Tuesday  with a career-high 29
 points. Leonard, who had scored just 18 points over the first two games of the
 Finals,  shot 10-of-13 from the floor and went 6-of-7 from the free throw line
 for the Spurs.
 "I  was  focused on  both ends the  first two  games. I just  got in some foul
 trouble.  Wasn't really able  to get into a rhythm, and Heat did a good job by
 playing aggressive on defense," said Leonard. "I just made shots last minute."
 In  addition  to his offensive output,  Leonard served as the primary defender
 against LeBron James, who supplied 22 points, seven assists, five rebounds and
 five steals, but committed seven of Miami's 20 turnovers in the setback.
 Danny  Green  added 15 points on  7-of-8 shooting from the floor, while Parker
 and Tim Duncan contributed 15 and 14 points, respectively, in the victory.
 Spurs  coach Gregg Popovich made a change to the starting lineup prior to Game
 3,  inserting  Boris Diaw  for Tiago  Splitter. The decision  paid off as Diaw
 didn't  post  flashy numbers  (nine  points,  three  assists), but  he  helped
 facilitate the offense.
 For  the Heat,  the loss was bad and  ruined a chance at a perfect home record
 during  the postseason, but all is not lost. Miami is 13-0 following a loss in
 the playoffs dating back to 2012.
 "You're  always on edge in the postseason, but I don't want to be concerned at
 this  point," James said  after practice on Wednesday. "For us we have to make
 the  adjustments.  We owned what  we had  to do today  in the film session and
 we'll come in with a better mindset tomorrow. But that doesn't mean it results
 in  a win, too. But  we have to play with a little bit more focus and a little
 bit more challenge."
 Dwyane  Wade finished  with 22 points, while Rashard Lewis went 4-of-5 from 3-
 point  range  en route to 14  points for the  Heat. Wade, playing in his 150th
 career  postseason game, surpassed Dirk Nowitzki (3,455) for 17th place on the
 NBA's all-time postseason scoring list.
 Chris  Bosh had a  slow night with only nine points thanks to just 12 touches.
 Mario  Chalmers continued  to struggle badly. He finished with just two points
 and has 10 for the whole series.
 "You  want  him to know we  still have faith in  him, trust in him and we need
 him," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on Wednesday. "And he's been able to play
 through tough times and been able to bounce back."
 Spoelstra indicated no lineup changes were forthcoming.
 The winner of Game 3 of a tied NBA Finals series has gone on to win the series
 83  percent of the time (30-6). However, the Spurs won last year's Game 3 with
 the set tied 1-1 and went on to lose in seven games to the Heat.
 Game 5 will be Sunday night back in San Antonio.
 06/12 09:51:35 ET