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Kawhi Leonard's follow dunk punctuates great 1st half for Spurs in NBA Finals Game 4 (Video)

Eric Freeman
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San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard shoots during basketball practice at the NBA Finals Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Miami. The Spurs lead the Miami Heat 2-1 in the best-of-seven games series
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San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard shoots during basketball practice at the NBA Finals Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Miami. The Spurs lead the Miami Heat 2-1 in the best-of-seven games series. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The San Antonio Spurs entered Thursday night's Game 4 of the NBA Finals at the Miami Heat with all the momentum in the series and the likely assumption they would face some resistance from the two-time defending champions. However, for the second straight contest, the top team in the NBA this regular reason found little pushback from the home team.

While the Spurs' first half of Game 4 wasn't quite so explosive as their record-breaking opening of Game 3, they did shoot 55.6 percent from the field and 6-of-13 from 3-point range to head into the locker room with a 55-36 lead, only two points off the margin from the previous game. The Spurs' dominant first half was punctuated by this athletic follow dunk from small forward Kawhi Leonard:

Leonard, the star of Game 3, put up eight points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal to serve as the most productive member of the Spurs. Tony Parker scored 12 points to lead the squad, while Danny Green (nine points) and Patty Mills (eight points) contributed strong halves, as well. Perhaps more crucially, San Antonio limited Miami to just 35.3 percent shooting from the field, with Dwyane Wade shooting just 1 of 7 in the first half.

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