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MIAMI---San Antonio made an
NBA Finals-record 75.8 per cent
of their shots in the first half to
set up a 111--92 victory over Miami
on Tuesday to take a 2--1 series
The Spurs made 19 of their first
21 shots and finished 25 of 33 in
the first half, bettering the 75 per-
cent shooting by Orlando against
the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009.
"I don t think we ll ever shoot
76 per cent in a half ever again,"
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
Unlike Game 1, when they pulled
away in the final minutes, the
Spurs were up comfortably before
halftime in this one.
Returning to the arena where
they were so close to winning a
fifth championship last year, the
Spurs came out playing like they
were trying to build a lead that
was impossible to blow.
They shot 13 of 15 and led 41--25
lead after the first quarter, then
hit their first six shots of the sec-
ond in front of a stunned crowd
in Miami to go ahead 55--30.
Kawhi Leonard scored a career-
high 29 points, sinking ten of 13.
Leonard scored only 18 points in
the first two games, looking frus-
trated while getting into foul trou-
ble trying to defend LeBron James
in Game 2. But he had his outside
shot working early and the effect
on the Spurs offense was obvi-
Danny Green and Tony Parker
each had 15 points for the Spurs.
James and Dwyane Wade had
22 points each for the Heat, who
host Game 4 tonight.
Chris Bosh took only four points
and scored nine points for the
Heat, who for the second straight
year will have to overcome a 2--1
finals deficit after being blown out
in Game 3.
This rout came on their home
floor, where they had been 8--0
this postseason and had won a
franchise-record 11 in a row since
the Spurs beat them in Game 1 of
last year s finals.
San Antonio inserted Boris Diaw
into the lineup, countering Miami s
small lineup and creating more ball
movement. The match got off to
a crisp start, with the Spurs making
their first five shots and Miami
opening four for four.
James had 14 of their first 20
points, but even he could not keep
up with the Spurs pace.
Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said
San Antonio "came out at a dif-
ferent gear than what we were
playing at, and it just seemed we
were on our heels the most part
of the first half."
Miami cut it 14 late in the first
half, but the Spurs closed with a
9--2 burst to make it 71-50.
The Heat finally got into it in
the third, running off ten straight
points to cut a 17-point deficit to
81--74 on a drive by Norris Cole,
who had replaced an ineffective
That was as close as Miami
would get, as the Spurs pulled
away in the fourth. (AP)
burns Miami for
2--1 series lead
LOS ANGELES---A trial will be held
next month to determine whether
Donald Sterling, who opposes his
estranged wife s planned sale of the
Los Angeles Clippers, was properly
removed as an administrator for the
family trust that owns the team.
An attorney for Sherry Sterling went
to probate court yesterday to request
a trial to confirm that as sole trustee
she can proceed with the $2 billion sale
to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Her lawyer, Pierce O Donnell, said
three doctors have filed reports saying
Donald Sterling lacks the mental capac-
ity to be a trustee. The trial, which was
granted exceptionally quickly, will begin
on July 7 and last four days. The dead-
line for the sale is July 15, which is also
the date the NBA Board of Governors
is scheduled to vote on whether it will
approve the sale.
Donald Sterling s lawyer, Bobby
Samini, left the courthouse without
comment after a clerk announced the
trial schedule. Neither Sterling was
present. Donald Sterling said in a state-
ment on Tuesday that he s not just
fighting for the Clippers but taking a
stand against the NBA, which he called
"a band of hypocrites and bullies" and
"despicable monsters" who want "to
take away our privacy rights and free-
dom of speech."
He is suing the league for $1 billion.
The league has sought to ban him for
life since racist remarks emerged in a
recording in April. "So it s going to take
longer than we had hoped for this trans-
action to close, but it ll get done ulti-
mately," NBA commissioner Adam Sil-
ver said. "It s just a question of time."
Shelly Sterling recently brokered what
would be a record-breaking $2 billion
deal with Ballmer to sell the team.
Ballmer s attorney, Adam Streisand,
said he was pleased with the trial sched-
ule. "We re extremely encouraged that
the court understands the need for an
expedited hearing. We re confident that
after the trial the court is going to bless
this transaction," Streisand said.
The aim of Shelly Sterling s court
bid is to have a judge confirm provisions
of The Sterling Family Trust to ensure
the Ballmer sale moves forward without
a hitch. Donald Sterling has the right
to present his side at any hearing and
appeal any decision.
His attorney Maxwell Blecher said
on Tuesday the main issue to be decided
is whether Donald Sterling is mentally
Blecher said the next step was to
have other doctors evaluate Donald
Sterling. "I have no doubt at the end
of the day the court is not going to say
he s incompetent," Blecher said. "That s
a very high burden in the probate
court---otherwise people would get their
sisters and wife and brother-in-laws
and everybody declared incompetent."
Probate trial set
for Donald Sterling
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) gestures during the first half in Game 3 of the NBA finals
against the Miami Heat, on Tuesday, in Miami. AP PHOTO
Pierce O'Donnell, Sherry Sterling's
lawyer, talks to the media outside Los
Angeles Superior court in Los Angeles
on yesterday. A trial has been
scheduled for next month in Los
Angeles probate court to determine
whether Donald Sterling was properly
removed as an administrator for the
family trust that owns the Los
Angelese Clippers NBA basketball
team. AP PHOTO
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