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                   === Spurs crush Heat in Finals rematch ===
 San Antonio, TX ( - Tim Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds
 and  the San  Antonio Spurs  routed the  Miami Heat  in a  wire-to-wire 111-87
 win on Thursday night.
 Miami  thrashed  San Antonio in the  first meeting between the 2013 NBA Finals
 participants.  The Heat led by as many as 29 in their 113-101 victory over the
 Spurs on Jan. 26 in South Beach.
 "I'm  sure this  has some special meaning, to say something different would be
 silly," San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich said of the win.
 The  Spurs snapped their five-game regular season losing skid against the Heat
 in the triumph.
 Tony  Parker tallied  17 points and four assists, while Boris Diaw provided 16
 points,  eight boards  and  five assists  for  the Spurs,  who  have won  five
 straight and eight of nine overall.
 Chris Bosh provided 24 points with seven rebounds and LeBron James supplied 19
 points,  eight  boards and seven  assists for  Miami, which prevailed in seven
 games over San Antonio in June for its second consecutive title.
 James,  who  was 6-of-18 from the  field while being hounded by Kawhi Leonard,
 wore  his protective mask that shielded his broken nose to begin the game, but
 ditched it with four minutes left in the first quarter.
 "I  don't like  it," James  said  of the  mask.  "It's that  simple, just  got
 frustrated  with  it early on so  I took it off.  It didn't help me, taking it
 off. It's probably a game-to-game thing."
 The  four-time NBA MVP has netted just 41 points over his last two games since
 going for a career-high 61 in a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday.
 The  Heat trailed by as many as 14 early in the third before fighting back and
 a pair of James free throws pulled them within 79-74.
 Patty  Mills, though, nailed  a right corner triple in the final minute of the
 quarter to extend the margin to 82-74 heading into the fourth.
 Miami  fell  apart in  the early stages  of the fourth,  turning the ball over
 seven  times in  the  first six  minutes  of the  frame.  Leonard's steal  and
 dunk in transition capped a 13-6 run and upped the advantage to 95-80.
 San Antonio led by as many as 24 down the stretch.
 The  Heat turned the ball over 10 times in the fourth, the most they've had in
 any quarter this season.
 Earlier,  the Spurs  opened up  a 37-22  cushion going  into the  second after
 shooting 78.9 percent (15-of-19) in the opening frame.
 James went just 1-of-6 and scored two points over the first 12 minutes.
 San Antonio went into the break with a 62-51 spread.
 An 8-2 Heat spurt got them within 69-61 with 7:54 to go in the third.
                                   Game Notes
 The  Spurs netted  21 points on 21  Miami turnovers ... Leonard had 11 points,
 five  rebounds  and five steals  ... San  Antonio shot 50.6 percent (40-of-79)
 from the floor.
 03/07 01:39:55 ET