BY JEFF SLADE
Okay – so “dominate” might be a bit of a strong word.
But, in Game 3 of 2013 NBA Finals, the newest Wizard Gary Neal had the game of his career, using the sport’s biggest stage to showcase a sweet shooting stroke, deft ball handling skills, and precise passing ability.
Neal scored 24 points in just 25 minutes on the floor, going 9-17 from the field including 6-10 from three-point range. He added four rebounds and three assists on the way to a 113-77 San Antonio victory.
Neal started hot from beyond the arc and failed to cool off, shooting both in catch and shoot and off the dribble situations.
His play only seemed to improve throughout the game as his confidence grew, including a beautiful floater over Chris Bosh in the 3rd quarter and a pull-up three from LONG range over “Birdman” Chris Anderson.
He then proceeded to demonstrate his prodigious passing ability in the fourth quarter, with a nifty behind the back pass to Kawhi Leonard in transition and an off-balance one-timer hurl to Danny Green for an easy three-pointer.
Neal won’t have this type of production every time he steps on to the floor for the Wizards.
But, if this Gary Neal does show up, or just sometimes shows up, the Wizards might have found themselves a solid scoring threat off the bench.
Watch those highlights here.