Patty Mills sparks white-hot Spurs in rout of Miami Heat

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Australian Patty Mills played an important cameo role and Kawhi Leonard had a career playoff high of 29 points as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Miami Heat 111-92 in game three of the NBA finals on Tuesday.

San Antonio's Patty Mills in action against Miami. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

San Antonio's Patty Mills in action against Miami. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Tim Duncan finished with 14 points and six rebounds while Danny Green scored 15 points for the Spurs, who jumped out to a 25-point first half lead then held on for the victory and a 2-1 series lead.

Mills had five points, four assists, two rebounds and provided some great hustle for the Spurs when filling in for starting point guard Tony Parker.

The first half was an old-fashioned shootout as San Antonio put on the best shooting display for a half in NBA finals history, hitting 19 of their first 21 shots.

The two-time defending champion Heat cut the deficit to seven points at one stage in the second half but they never could recover from the Spurs' opening blitz that saw them shoot a superb 75.8 per cent from the field to lead 71-50 at half-time.

Game four of the best-of-seven series will be on Thursday night in Miami.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade pumped in 22 points each for the Heat, who suffered their first home loss of the 2014 post-season after winning eight straight playoff games at home going back to last season. - AFP

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