NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Miami
(Friday, January 20th)
Final Score: San Antonio 101, Miami 94
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Tony Parker poured in a career-high 38 points, picking up the scoring slack after star guard Manu Ginobili left with an ankle injury, as San Antonio defeated Miami, 101-94, at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Ginobili scored eight points and dished out five assists before coming down awkwardly on his right ankle at 8:59 of the third quarter with the Spurs firmly in front, 58-45. The guard was carried off the court and taken into the locker room where he was diagnosed with a sprained ankle after x-rays were negative.
"Definitely difficult to lose him. He was coming back very well," said Parker of Ginobili's injury. "He was starting to play very well. He was playing good basketball so it is hard to lose him again."
Tim Duncan posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Bruce Bowen tallied 10 points for the Spurs, who won their fourth straight contest. San Antonio has also beaten Miami eight of the last nine times.
Dwyane Wade poured in 36 points and Shaquille O'Neal scored 23 points, 17 in the second half, and grabbed six rebounds before fouling out for Miami, which dropped its second straight game after a four-game winning streak.
"We need to beat those teams, especially in this building," said O'Neal. "I felt that it was another one that we let get away. There are too many fundamental mental mistakes down the stretch against a great team."
Jason Williams tallied 18 points and Antoine Walker added 12 points and seven rebounds in defeat.
Ginobili's injury changed the momentum of the contest in Miami's favor, but San Antonio picked up the intensity down the stretch.
The Heat trimmed the deficit to 74-66 after three quarters and started the final stanza on a 16-4 spurt.
Walker started the period with a half hook and a three, then after a Duncan free throw, Williams completed a three-point play to get the Heat within 76-74 with 9:54 left.
O'Neal scored six of Miami's next eight points and his power move in the paint pushed the Heat to a 82-78 edge with 6:11 to play.
San Antonio responded with a 12-4 burst capped by Parker's jumper with 2:52 remaining. Moments later, Brent Barry applied the dagger.
Trailing 92-90, Wade penetrated into the lane and attempted an off-balance lay-up while crashing to the floor. As Wade slowly limped down floor, the Spurs took advantage of the 5-on-4 break and Barry drained an open three with 1:09 left.
Miami didn't get closer than five the rest of the way.
"It was a big win," Parker said. "We were motivated to play against Miami. Obviously, they are one of the best teams in this league."
The Spurs led 20-18 after a low-scoring opening quarter and increased the advantage to 49-38 at the half.
Miami had 60 points in the paint to San Antonio's 28...The Heat made just 3- of-11 from beyond the arc...The Spurs made 25-of-43 free throws...San Antonio blocked seven shots...Miami fell to 12-5 at home...The Spurs improved to 12-7 on the road.
01/21 00:27:39 ET