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NBA: Spurs outclass the Heat

The San Antonio Spurs regained the advantage in the NBA Finals following an 111-92 victory over the Miami Heat.

Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 29 points for the Spurs as Miami suffered their first home defeat in the play-offs in more than a year.

The Spurs had built up a 25-point lead at one stage after some brillinat play and although the Heat rallied, they were able to comfortably claim a 2-1 lead in the series.

"An unbelievable game by Kawhi," Spurs guard Manu Ginobli told reporters. "He was sharp. He was attentive and he had a great game on both ends of the floor."

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade scored 22 points apiece for the Heat but they were unable to deny the Spurs.

"They came out in a different gear than we were playing at," said a frustrated Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.

"It just seemed that we were on our heels the most part of the first half. And then when we started to get to a different gear in the third quarter, it was just hard to change the energy of the game.