Chuck Porter quits N.S. PC caucus over differences with Jamie Baillie – Halifax

HALIFAX – Hants West MLA Chuck Porter has left the caucus of Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservative party to sit as an independent, according to a statement released Friday.

In the statement, Porter said he and PC Party leader Jamie Baillie do not see eye-to-eye regarding how he wants to serve his constituents.

Porter said it was not an easy decision, but “the move is in the best interest of all those I have the honour of representing.”

Baillie said in a statement released after Porter’s that MLAs in his caucus “are expected to do the duties constituents elected them to do”.

He said he spoke with Porter on Thursday, accusing him of not performing his duties, after the member missed caucus meetings and five public accounts meetings since the October election.

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“Voters expect MLAs to do the job they were elected to do,” Baillie continued in the release. “For me, this is a difficult day, but accountability must mean something if people are ever going to have faith in our system again.”

Porter was first elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature in 2006, and again in 2009.

He was the party’s health critic and had previously served as Chair of its caucus.

“I know and understand there will be some who will not be happy with this decision,” Porter said in his statement. “But I want to assure them that I respect their opinion and will continue to work ahrd on their behalf as I have for the past eight years.”

Porter’s responsibilities within the party have not yet been assigned to someone else.

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Friday, June 13, 2014: Global Edmonton Morning News

Porkapalooza attracts “BBQ Crawl” tv show

Danielle Dimovski  is the host of the hit tv show BBQ Crawl. She travels to all corners of North America in search of some of the best BBQ. Edmonton’s  Porkapalooza has drawn her to our city.

AMA Travel: Going Solo

The idea of travelling on your own can be daunting for some people. Roland Vanmeurs from the AMA Travel drops by to ease fears and talk about some travel packages perfect for those going solo.

Trending Now

Online Producer Slav Kornik on what’s trending today: Stony Plain school cup song, online privacy concerns and a viral video of a shark encounter.

Respecting our elders

As members of our community age, it’s vitally important that that our younger generations provide them with the respect and support they deserve. Fortunately, we have events like “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day“. Jodie Mandick with the Crisis Support Centre and Pat Power from the City of Edmonton explain.

Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence awards

Several Edmontonians who have done amazing things to better our community will soon be recognized at the Salute to Excellence Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Co-chair Ann Marie Reinson and this year’s Arts & Culture Hall of Fame Inductee drop by to talk about the honour.

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Stewards of the grasslands and Saskatchewan’s film industry

All spring, we’ve been talking about native prairie grasslands and the push for their conservation. It’s a pleasure to have been able to join Ponteix School’s grade 10 science class this week on a field trip for the Adopt a Rancher pilot program as they learned about the science behind those conservation efforts.

Native prairie grasslands are more than 12,000 years old, but in only the last several hundred years, they’ve become greatly reduced due to human settlement and the extinction of the buffalo. Today the Prairie Conservation Action Plan aims to preserve what’s left of Saskatchewan’s grasslands.

Meanwhile, on this week’s episode, the makers of Wolf Cop hope for a revival of Saskatchewan’s film industry with its long-awaited premiere and the announcement it will soon start production on a sequel. It started with one man and a script and with the help of a national contest – and a million dollar budget, a full-length movie about a cop turned werewolf is now a household name in the province.

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Over the past three seasons on Focus Saskatchewan, we’ve told these underdog – and under-wolf stories. We’ve won three national awards. It’s now time to extend a big thank you to all the contributions from Global Regina and Global Saskatoon to make this show possible.

We hope you continue watching through the summer for our Encore episodes:

June 21/22 – “Home Field”

June 28/29 – “Skating on Thin Ice”

July 5/6 – “Second Act”

July 12/13 – “100th Episode”

July 19/20 – “Saskatchewan Sound”

July 26/27 – “Women in the Legislature”

August 2/3 – “Lake Centre”

August 9/10 – “Shop Local”

August 16/17 – “Unique Saskatchewan Sports, including archery and disc golf”

August 23/24 – “The Farm in Focus”

August 30/31 – “Adopt-A-Rancher”

Have a good summer! We’ll see you next season!

Raquel and Derek

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Prince Albert woman’s legs amputated after being beaten, burned – Saskatoon

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – The aunt of a homeless woman who was seriously assaulted and burned in an attack outside a community centre in northern Saskatchewan says her niece has been upgraded to stable condition.

Police got a call about an assault and found a badly injured Marlene Darlene Bird on June 1 outside the centre in downtown Prince Albert.

Bird, who is 47, was first taken to hospital in Prince Albert, then transferred to Saskatoon and then to Edmonton’s University of Alberta Hospital.

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Lorna Thiessen said that Bird was to have her second leg amputated on Thursday because it was “burned to the bone.”

Thiessen said Bird is in a critical burn unit and has extensive burns all over her body and has had several skin grafts.

Police continue to investigate and have asked anyone with video surveillance footage of the area where Bird was found to hand it over to them.

Bird is conscious and Thiessen said she has been speaking, but is heavily sedated most of the time.

“When she comes out, she’s going to need living accommodations, she’s going to need support for probably prosthetics, and probably maybe a scooter, or things in that line.”

She said Bird will also need a place to live and a support system around her.

While Bird recovers in Edmonton with a small group of family at her bedside, another group of supporters is growing in Prince Albert, spurred in part by the Prince Albert YWCA.

Prince Albert YWCA executive director Donna Brooks said it’s appalling that Bird’s story hasn’t received attention outside of Prince Albert.

“If this attack would have happened to a middle class woman in a suburban Toronto neighbourhood, I guarantee you it would have been on the national news – I guarantee you that,” she said.

“But, because it happened in Prince Albert, it happened to an aboriginal woman who is a part of the homeless community, because of all those factors I don’t think it received the media attention it should.”

YWCA staff is collecting letters of support and financial donations for Bird and her family, and has mailed the first batch to her in Edmonton.

“It’s very important to show her that she matters, that what has happened to her has saddened a lot of people in our community and that she is important and there are a lot of people who care about her,” Brooks said.

The Edmonton YWCA has also stepped up by helping Bird’s family during their stay in the Alberta city.

On June 6, more than 100 people marched through downtown Prince Albert in Bird’s honour and against violence. The march culminated in a prayer where Bird was found.

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Former cabinet minister Joe Fontana guilty of fraud, forgery charges – Toronto

WATCH: The mayor of London, Ont. and former Liberal MP Joe Fontana has been found guilty of fraud and forgery, after using public money to pay for his son’s wedding. Vassy Kapelos reports.

LONDON, Ont. – The mayor of London, Ont., forged a document that resulted in a $1,700 government fraud while he was a Liberal cabinet minister then concocted a story to cast it as a mere foolish misstep, a judge ruled Friday.

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Joe Fontana was convicted of fraud, forgery and breach of trust by a public official after Superior Court Judge Bruce Thomas rejected the former MP’s attempts to ascribe a legitimate motive to altering a contract from his son’s wedding to make it look like it was for a political at the same venue.

He submitted the forged document to the House of Commons for reimbursement, but his “criminal activity” was only detected when the government cheque ended up being sent to the venue instead of Fontana personally, Thomas found. If the money had gone directly to Fontana, no one would have been the wiser, the judge said.

“While I am perplexed as to why a man of such accomplishments might choose to take these actions for $1,700, I do not find that that detracts from the strength of the Crown case,” Thomas said in his decision.

“I have long ago abandoned the notion that motive results from a logical cost-benefit analysis.”

Fontana sat passively as the judge pronounced his convictions on fraud, forgery and breach of trust, but looked stricken by the time he got up to hug his wife.

“I’m very surprised, shocked, devastated by obviously the verdict,” Fontana said outside court.

He did not say what the convictions mean for his political future nor if he would appeal.

“I regret that all this had to happen, especially for the people of London, but I’ll have something to say in the near future,” he said. “I obviously need to digest what has taken place, talk to my legal team and look at what I’m going to do.”

Sentencing arguments are scheduled for July 15. The penalties range from an absolute discharge to time in custody, his lawyer Gord Cudmore said outside court.

According to the Municipal Act, a member of council is disqualified if at any time during their term, they become ineligible to vote in their municipal election. Another statute strips anyone incarcerated from voting municipally.

John Mascarin, a lawyer with expertise in municipal law, said any term of imprisonment – even a day or intermittent weekend sentence – would automatically disqualify Fontana from holding office.

“That’s the only way you can do it,” Mascarin said.

“A conviction on its own – no matter how egregious – if it doesn’t carry any prison time doesn’t disqualify a member from holding office.

Fontana testified during the trial that it was “stupid” of him to alter the document, but he insisted it was no forgery.

He admitted making seven changes – including whiting out his wife’s signature, replacing it with his own and writing the word original in quotation marks at the top – to an existing contract with the Marconi Club for his son’s 2005 wedding to reflect an event he planned for then-finance minister Ralph Goodale at the same venue.

Other alterations on the contract included changing the date of the event from June 25, 2005 to Feb. 25, 2004, the word “wedding” to “reception” and the addition of a yellow sticky note saying “misc constituents reception.”

The Goodale event didn’t end up going ahead at the Marconi Club, but Fontana testified he believed the club was owed a $1,700 deposit from his MP budget.

Since he had only spoken with the club’s president over the phone and didn’t have any paperwork, Fontana changed several details on the wedding contract from a few months prior and submitted it, he testified.

The club received the $1,700 government of Canada cheque and credited it to Fontana’s son’s wedding.

Fontana, a veteran politician, sat in his home and used white-out and an eraser to make the changes, saying by way of explanation that his life was hectic due to a minority government. Yet one phone call to the Marconi Club could have produced a legitimate, original invoice that could have been forwarded for reimbursement, Thomas said.

“(Fontana) suggests that this was an expeditious way to ensure payment considering he was approaching the end of a fiscal year,” Thomas said.

“I disbelieve him.”

Thomas also did not believe Fontana’s explanation that his “misc constituents reception” sticky note was meant to indicate the $1,700 should go to the Marconi Club for the cancelled Goodale reception.

“Mr. Fontana says that it should never have been credited against the wedding, but where else did he think it would go considering the Marconi Club could only reference it by contract 2661, his son’s wedding reception contract?” Thomas said.

The president of the Marconi Club, a friend of Fontana’s for more than 40 years, testified for the defence and backed up Fontana’s story, but the judge pointed to various inconsistencies and said Vince Trovato’s story “does not hold together.”

“When he testified I got the feeling that Mr. Trovato was making it up as he went along,” Thomas found.

“I come to the conclusion that he and Mr. Trovato either collectively or individually concocted a story for this court that was intended to create a reasonable doubt and in doing so allow Mr. Fontana to escape conviction. In my view any doubt raised in these circumstances would have to be far-fetched and fanciful and defy common sense.”

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Recipe: Strawberry-balsamic glazed pork tenderloin

When you discover foods that have a natural affinity for one another, it’s easy to find numerous excuses to enjoy them together.

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One of my favourites is strawberries and balsamic vinegar. Both sport assertively sweet, nicely acidic flavours that not only work well together, but also pair up wonderfully with so many other foods. Often, I’ll keep it simple and make a vinaigrette – 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons strawberry jam, pinch each of salt and pepper, sometimes some minced garlic. Dump it over a salad and top with almonds.

Or if I’m feeling lazy, I’ll just make a salad and slice strawberries into it, then squirt the whole thing with balsamic glaze. Intense, but delicious. If I’m in the mood for something sweet, I’ll use that same combination – fresh strawberries and balsamic glaze – over vanilla ice cream.

With grilling season well underway, I decided to come up with a way to put these ingredients to work with something meaty. The result was a fantastic grilled pork tenderloin that is slathered with a strawberry-balsamic glaze. For optimal flavour, the pork gets hit with the strawberry-balsamic blend three times – as a marinade, as a glaze during grilling, and again as a sauce when served.

You’re going to want something starchy to help balance the flavour – and mop up some of that sauce. Consider microwaving some new potatoes until nearly, but not quite cooked. Gently crush them so they are partly flattened, but not falling apart. Drizzle them with oil, then season them with salt, pepper and garlic powder, then finish them on the grill.

STRAWBERRY-BALSAMIC GLAZED PORK TENDERLOIN

Start to finish: 40 minutes

Servings: 6

1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled2 tablespoons olive oil2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar2 tablespoons honey3 cloves garlic1/2 teaspoon kosher salt1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper2 pounds pork tenderloins

In a blender, combine the strawberries, oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, salt and pepper. Puree until smooth. Pour about a third of the mixture into a small saucepan and set aside. Pour another third of the mixture into a large non-reactive (glass or stainless steel) bowl. Pour the remaining sauce into a small bowl.

Slice the pork tenderloins into 1/2-inch rounds. A few at a time, place the rounds between sheets of plastic wrap, then use the a meat mallet or rolling pin to carefully pound the rounds to an even thickness of about 1/4 inch. Place the pounded rounds in the non-reactive bowl with the sauce, turning to coat evenly. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

After the pork has marinated for 20 minutes, heat a grill to medium-high.

Place the saucepan of strawberry-balsamic sauce over medium-low heat on the stovetop. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until thickened. Cover the pan and remove from the heat.

When the pork has finished marinating, use an oil-soaked paper towel held with tongs to oil the grill grates. Place the pork rounds on the grill. Baste the pork with the sauce set aside in the small bowl. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes, then flip the rounds, baste again and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.

Divide the pork between 6 serving plates, then spoon a bit of the simmered sauce over them.

Nutrition information per serving: 240 calories; 70 calories from fat (29 per cent of total calories); 8 g fat (1.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 100 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 32 g protein; 240 mg sodium.

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French police urge teens not to participate in Facebook dares – National

PARIS – French police are warning young people about the dangers of a dare spreading on Facebook that has left a young man dead and another severely injured.

Police confirmed on Friday that a 19-year-old drowned a day earlier after riding his bicycle into a port in Beganne in western Brittany while a friend filmed him. Another youth was injured for life after diving headfirst into shallow water near Calais.

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The challenge called “A l’eau ou au resto” (Into the water or to the restaurant), dares friends to jump fully clothed into water and film it – or buy dinner at a restaurant.

Col. Sylvain Laniel of the Gendarmerie said on the iTeli TV station that the young bike rider had his ankle attached to the bike.

“Don’t be influenced by a stupid phenomenon of the moment,” national police warned on Facebook.

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Police counselled young people to “show friends you are more intelligent than that” by refusing the dare, and added that videos of such pranks might one day compromise job applications.

In February, officials in Britain said several deaths had been linked to “neknominate,” an online dare to drink in excess.

In the United States, several people have been injured participating in a Cold Water Challenge on Facebook. The dare is to jump into cold water, or give money to a designated charity.

Casualties have included a 16-year-old girl in Wisconsin who suffered knee ligament damage, and a student in Illinois who fractured an ankle.

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Teens spending less time smoking, drinking, more time texting: study – National

NEW YORK – American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they’re texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers, according to the government’s latest study of worrisome behaviour.

Generally speaking, the news is good. Most forms of drug use, weapons use and risky sex have been going down since the government started doing the survey every two years in 1991. Teens are wearing bicycle helmets and seat belts more, too.

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“Overall, young people have more healthy behaviours than they did 20 years ago,” said Dr. Stephanie Zaza, who oversees the study at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The results come from a study of 13,000 U.S. high school students last spring. Participation was voluntary and required parental permission, but responses were anonymous.

Highlights of the study, released Thursday:

SMOKING

Fewer than 16 per cent of the teens smoked a cigarette in the previous month – the lowest level since the government started doing the survey, when the rate was more than 27 per cent. Another CDC study had already put the teen smoking rate below 16 per cent, but experts tend to treat this survey’s result as the official number. It’s “terrific news for America’s health,” said Matt Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Even so, there are still about 2.7 million teens smoking, he said.

The survey did not ask about electronic cigarettes, which have exploded in popularity in the past few years.

Meanwhile, more than 23 per cent of teens said they used marijuana in the previous month – up from 15 per cent in 1991. CDC officials said they could not tell whether marijuana or e-cigarettes have replaced traditional cigarettes among teens.

TEXTING

Among teen drivers, 41 per cent had texted or emailed behind the wheel in the previous month. That figure can’t be compared to the 2011 survey, though, because the CDC changed the question this time. The latest survey gives texting-while-driving figures for 37 states – ranging from 32 per cent in Massachusetts to 61 per cent in South Dakota.

DRINKING

Fewer teens said they drank alcohol. Drinking of soda was down, too. About 35 per cent said they had had booze in the previous month, down from 39 per cent in 2011. About 27 per cent said they drank soda each day. That was only a slight change from 2011 but a sizable drop from 34 per cent in 2007.

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SEX

The proportion of teens who had sex in the previous three months held steady at about 34 per cent from 2011. Among them, condom use was unchanged at about 60 per cent.

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SUICIDE

The percentage who attempted suicide in the previous year held steady at about 8 per cent.

MEDIA USE

TV viewing for three or more hours a day has stalled at around 32 per cent since 2011. But in one of the largest jumps seen in the survey, there was a surge in the proportion of kids who spent three or more hours on an average school day on other kinds of recreational screen time, such as playing video or computer games or using a computer or smartphone for something other than schoolwork. That number rose to 41 per cent, from 31 per cent in 2011.

Health experts advise that teens get no more than two hours of recreational screen time a day, and that includes all screens – including Xboxes, smartphones and televisions.

Although video-gaming is up, particularly among teen boys, some researchers believe most of the screen-time increase is due to social media use. And it’s probably not a good thing, they say.

Through texts and social media, young people are doing more communicating and living in an online world in which it’s easier to think they’re the centre of the universe, said Marina Krcmar, a Wake Forest University professor who studies teen screen time. That can lead to a form of extended adolescence, she said.

It can also distract youngsters from schoolwork, exercise and other healthy activities, she said.

FIGHTING

Fights at school fell by half in the past 20 years. And there was a dramatic drop in kids reporting they had been in a fight anywhere in the preceding year – about 25 per cent, down from 33 per cent two years earlier. The addition of more guards and other security measures may be a factor, said school violence expert Todd DeMitchell of the University of New Hampshire.

Fighting may be down, but it’s not uncommon, according to some teens at the High School of Fashion Industries in lower Manhattan. Two students said they saw roughly one fight a week.

“It’s like ‘The Hunger Games,”‘ said 14-year-old Maya Scott. She said she had been in a fight during the current school year.

A few minutes later, as if to prove her point, three girls exchanged words and nearly came to blows outside the front entrance before a school lunch worker stepped in and separated them.

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Grill vs barbecue – do you know the difference?

VICTORIA – When the warm weather arrives, Canadians love to head outdoors to cook. But many end up frustrated when the meat they’re eagerly anticipating sticks to the grill or ends up charred or undercooked.

One remedy is to know how long to cook different cuts of meat and what temperature to use. But it’s also important to have the proper tool to achieve the desired result, says Ken Hueston, owner of Smoken Bones Cookshack in Victoria.

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“Most people don’t know the difference between barbecuing and grilling,” says Hueston.

“When you barbecue you are cooking with a slow circumvented unit of hot air with the lid closed. Grilling is done with the lid up and you’re cooking with direct heat on the bottom, instead of all around the source.

“You grill a steak and you barbecue a pork butt.”

Hueston says not every grill is equipped to both grill and barbecue. If the device has one burner, Hueston says it is a grill, not a barbecue.

“When you are purchasing a barbecue you have to know what kind of foods you really like doing,” he says. “If you are more of a griller you need something with a lot of space and various heat components you can control.

“When you are barbecuing you are looking for a large space that you can put larger cuts in or a rotisserie attachment and the ability to control the different techniques you are going to use in the slow cooking process.”

Knowing what purpose a homeowner’s barbecue or grill will serve will also help in deciding what, if any, additional attachments are worth investing in.

Like many people, Jessica Pelland, a Chopped Canada winner, is in the market for a new grill.

“I’ve had a hand-me-down for about seven years now,” says the executive chef of Charbar in Calgary. “It’s not always the brand name that makes a great barbecue. You can find some good deals. But be realistic about what you’re going to use it for.

“There are lots of grills with fancy attachments like smoking things and side burners, but you have to think ‘are you really going to use that? Is it worth the extra $400 or whatever for that?”‘

According to Pelland, an easy way to get an idea of the durability of a barbecue or grill is simply by touching it. She says if it feels light, flimsy and wobbly then it’s not going to last. Homeowners should look for something that is sturdy.

When it comes to the actual cooking, both Pelland and Hueston say the No. 1 thing people need to do to achieve the perfect grilled or barbecued meat is to not play with it or move it around as it cooks.

“They need to leave it be and get its grill marks,” says Pelland.

“If you are flipping it and it sticks a little to the grill it means it’s not ready.”

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Spurs beat Heat in Game 4 of NBA Finals to take 3-1 lead

MIAMI – Here they are again, back on the brink of a championship.

It slipped away from the San Antonio Spurs last year, but it would take something special – historic, actually – to stop them now.

The Miami Heat would have to make the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history.

“They’re the two-time champs, they’re a great team, and there is still one more game,” Spurs guard Tony Parker said. “We have to win one more game.”

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Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the Spurs routed the Heat again, winning 107-86 on Thursday night to open a commanding 3-1 lead.

The Spurs can win their fifth NBA championship with a victory at home in Game 5 on Sunday and avenge their seven-game loss to Miami last year. They have three chances, and the way they’re dominating the Heat, they might need just one.

“I’m pleased that they performed as well as they did while we’ve been in Miami, and that’s about as far as it goes,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Now we’ve got to go back home and play as well or better.”

LeBron James had 28 points and eight rebounds, but Dwyane Wade was just 1 of 10 through three quarters and finished with 10 points.

“They smashed us,” James said. “Two straight home games got off to awful starts. They came in and were much better than us in these last two games. It’s just that simple.”

No team has overcome a 3-1 deficit in the finals, and the way the Heat were outclassed twice on their home floor makes it hard to imagine the two-time champions being the first.

“We put ourselves in a position where it is about making history,” James added.

Parker added 19 points, and Tim Duncan had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 57 per cent from the field and are hitting 54 per cent in the series.

The Spurs lost twice in Miami to end last year’s finals, their only defeat in the championship round. They won their two games in South Florida this time by a combined 40 points.

San Antonio’s surprising dominance has Miami on its heels, and unless Miami can figure things out quickly, the Heat’s two-year championship reign will come to an abrupt end.

If this was the last home game of the season in Miami, it looked and sounded nothing like the ones to end the last two years, which featured confetti falling and trophies raised. This one had the unfamiliar sound of boos late in the first half and a chant of “Go Spurs Go!” with under 3 minutes left from the San Antonio fans who remained long after many of Miami’s had bolted.

A Heat win Sunday would force a Game 6 in Miami Tuesday.

The Heat had followed their last 13 post-season losses with a victory, but now at the end of a fourth straight season that has gone the distance, they might be out of gas. Miami seemed to lack the energy – or maybe effort – to defend San Antonio’s precision ball movement for the full 24 seconds, and time after time the Spurs ended up with a shot from somebody who didn’t have a defender nearby.

Not quite as sharp as when they shot a finals-record 75.8 per cent in the first half Tuesday night, the Spurs were still plenty good enough to open another huge lead by halftime, and they withstood every attempt Miami made to make a run.

“We were expecting a reaction from them but we were ready for it, so we just did the same thing,” Spurs forward Boris Diaw said.

The Spurs knew their defence had to be better, realizing their once-in-a-lifetime, 19-for-21 start in Tuesday’s 111-92 Game 3 victory covered the fact that they allowed Miami to make more than 50 per cent in the game.

They held Miami to 35 per cent in the first half.

“They played great and I can honestly say I don’t think any of us were expecting this type of performance,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

San Antonio blew the game open late in the second quarter with seven straight points, capped by Leonard’s soaring follow dunk that made it 55-33.

James, who battled cramps in Game 1, left the court and briefly returned to the locker room midway through the first quarter Thursday. But he had 10 quick points in the third quarter to bring Miami within 13, but San Antonio pushed it to 81-57 after three and never looked back.

Notes: Under Popovich, the Spurs have won 15 of the 18 best-of-seven series in which they led 2-1. … The Heat hadn’t lost back-to-back games in the playoffs since dropping three straight against the Boston Celtics in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals.

©2014The Associated Press

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