Spurs surge to halftime lead in Game 3
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Tony Parker hit a shot in the lane at the
buzzer to cap a big run at the end of the second quarter, giving the Spurs a
40-38 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers at halftime in Game 3 of the NBA
Robert Horry, in a quest for his seventh championship ring, hit a three-
pointer with 31.2 seconds left in the half. Then, after Daniel Gibson missed a
layup, Parker drove into the lane for his shot to culminate 10 straight San
Antonio points to end the half.
The star players for both teams accumulated three fouls in the first half. Tim
Duncan had eight points for the Spurs, while LeBron James tallied a team-best
nine for the Cavs, but both went to the bench midway through the second after
being charged a third foul.
The Cavs, who hosted an NBA Finals game for the first time in their 37-year
history, elected to go with Gibson as their starting point guard. Larry Hughes
was inactive for the contest due to a left foot injury.
The Spurs, who led by as many as 29 points before holding on for a 103-92 win
Sunday night, lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 and are trying for their
fourth NBA title in the last nine seasons.
Bruce Bowen has nine points and Parker eight at the break for the Spurs.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas has eight points for the Cavaliers, who are trying to
continue their success at home this postseason, as they are 7-1 at Quicken
Damon Jones’ three-pointer moved the Cavs to a 26-19 lead three minutes into
the second. However, James was hit with an offensive foul with 6:01 left, his
third personal. He immediately left the game in favor of Drew Gooden, and at
the time the Cavs were ahead 30-25.
Bowen then hit a three-pointer to get the Spurs within two, but Duncan fouled
Ilgauskas on a made hook shot with 5:24 left for his third foul.
Gibson’s layup boosted the Cavs to a 38-30 lead with nearly three minutes left
in the half, but they were held scoreless after that.
It was tight throughout the opening quarter. James’ layup moved the Cavs ahead
5-4, and the home team didn’t trail the rest of the period, holding an 18-16
edge after 12 minutes.