NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Miami
(Tuesday, March 16th)
Final Score: San Antonio 88, Miami 76
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Manu Ginobili scored 22 points to lead the Spurs in an 88-76 road win over the Heat.
George Hill added 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, and Richard Jefferson had 15 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio, which has won four straight and eight of nine overall.
Tim Duncan checked in with 12 points on only 5-of-15 shooting and 11 rebounds.
"It's hard to say we're back or we're about to make a run for a championship," Ginobili said. "We've lost so many bad games, so we have to stay humble and keep working."
Dwyane Wade poured in 28 points and had five assists for the Heat, who had won the first three games of a six-game homestand and six of seven overall
Jermaine O'Neal kicked in 13 points and Udonis Haslem 10. Miami was done in by a 38.5-percent showing from the floor.
"They came out shooting the ball well and playing well. Manu (Ginobili) made some big shots to make sure we didn't get back into the game," said Wade.
The Spurs were ahead 29-14 after 12 minutes and took advantage of Miami's poor shooting to open up a 55-37 advantage at halftime. Both teams were equally horrid in the third quarter, with the Heat connecting on 6-of-20 shots and the Spurs 7-of-18.
The lackluster 12-minute stretch resulted in San Antonio retaining a handy 71-54 margin heading to the final period, where the Heat failed to seriously challenge for the lead.
Wade dropped in a layup just before the midway point to draw the hosts within 10 at 79-69, but Jefferson and Duncan put in back-to-back baskets before Hill added a jumper with 2:49 remaining to stretch the difference to 16.
Heat forward Michael Beasley returned from a bruised thigh and scored six points on 3-of-10 shooting...San Antonio moved above .500 (16-15) on the road with Tuesday's win...The Spurs defeated Miami, 108-78, back on December 31 this season and has won 15 of the past 20 contests in the series...The Heat had won six in a row as the host...Antonio McDyess had eight points, seven boards and four assists for the Spurs...The Heat signed guard Kenny Hasbrouck to a 10-day contract Tuesday.
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