NBA Game Summary - Miami at San Antonio|
(Sunday, March 31st)
Final Score: Miami 88, San Antonio 86
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs
With home-court advantage possibly on the line throughout the NBA playoffs,
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra sat his two superstars LeBron James and Dwyane
Wade due to nagging injuries.
But the sometimes forgotten of the "Big Three," Chris Bosh, showed that he's
still a superstar too.
Bosh nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left to life the Heat to an
88-86 win over the Spurs.
Bosh, who finished with 23 points and nine rebounds, was 9-of-15 from the
floor for Miami, which has won back-to-back games since having its 27-game
winning streak snapped against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.
"We are the defending champions no matter who we put out there," Bosh said.
"We are still the Miami Heat. As soon as I saw (the Spurs) put two (defenders
on Allen) on the ball, I knew my opportunity was there."
Tony Parker's bank shot at the buzzer was off the mark which put the Heat
three games ahead of San Antonio with nine to play for the NBA's best record.
James played through a right hamstring strain suffered during the first half
of Friday's game against the New Orleans Hornets, but sat out the final frame
with the Heat comfortably in front.
Wade hurt his right ankle during Wednesday's loss against the Chicago Bulls,
but played Friday.
In a game against Miami early in November, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich
sent guards Parker and Manu Ginobili, along with forwards Tim Duncan and
Danny Green home prior to the contest. The NBA fined the organization $250,000
for the move. The Heat won that tilt, 105-100.
Duncan, Parker and Green all suited up Sunday, but Ginobili was unable to go
due to a right hamstring strain. He is reportedly due to miss a few weeks.
Duncan registered 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Kawhi Leonard added 17
points and 11 boards for the Spurs, who had won six of their last seven tilts
Ray Allen's 3-pointer gave the Heat a 74-64 cushion with 9:36 remaining, but
the Spurs used a 13-3 run to take the lead later in the frame. Back-to-back
Duncan jumpers gave San Antonio an 86-83 edge with 1:21 to go.
Norris Cole drew a foul with 32.1 ticks left and hit two free throws before
Duncan's jumper in the paint with 11.9 seconds to play was off the mark. Allen
corralled the rebound and was double teamed along the left wing as San Antonio
defended for a possible triple.
But Bosh was left free at the top of the arc and nailed the go-ahead triple
over Duncan, who couldn't close out in time.
"(Bosh) is a heck of a player, No. 1," Popovich said. "He's also a hell of a
Earlier, the Spurs led 24-22 after a quarter of play and took a 45-40 spread
into the break.
The Heat, though, used a 14-3 swing to put themselves in front, 64-56, in the
latter stages of the third before taking a 71-64 spread into the fourth.
The Spurs, who had their seven-game home winning streak snapped, fell to 32-5
at AT&T Center this season ... Allen recorded 14 points and five assists ...
Miami scored 20 points off 17 San Antonio turnovers.
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