NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Miami
(Sunday, February 11th)
Final Score: Miami 100, San Antonio 85
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade scored 18 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to help the Miami Heat pull away for a 100-85 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena.
Shaquille O'Neal contributed 16 points and seven rebounds for the Heat, who bounced back from a 103-79 setback at Cleveland on Friday to win for the sixth time in their last seven outings.
Jason Kapono chipped in 13 points and 11 boards in the victory, while Eddie Jones scored 12 points off the bench. Antoine Walker added 10 points, including seven during a key stretch in the final quarter.
The Spurs, coming off a 106-104 loss at Orlando on Friday, have dropped four of their last five and are just 2-4 on an eight-game road trip that will conclude with games at New Jersey on Tuesday and Detroit on Wednesday.
Manu Ginobili scored 26 points to lead San Antonio, while Tony Parker finished with 20. Tim Duncan managed only 13 points with 11 boards in defeat.
The Heat carried a 69-65 lead into the fourth quarter, but had the margin trimmed to one early in the period. Wade, who had been quiet for most of the contest, then drained a pair of jumpers to extend the lead to five.
"I was just having patience, looking and watching the game, seeing how they play my teammates," Wade said about his slow start. "It got to the point where coach [Ron Rothstein] came to me and said, 'You ready to be aggressive?' It was just about patience and reading the game."
Two free throws by Ginobili pulled San Antonio within 80-76 a few moments later, but Miami answered with an 11-2 run. Wade again hit a pair of jumpers and Walker scored seven during the burst, drilling a three-pointer for a 91-78 cushion with 3 1/2 minutes to play.
Another Wade basket made it a 15-point game soon after and the Spurs managed only to close within 10.
"Their team defense, their team physicality was just much better than ours," said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. "We hung in there for three quarters, but 48 [minutes] is what counts and Miami did that. We did not."
The biggest lead in a tight first quarter was five for Miami. A Kapono three- pointer gave the Heat a 16-11 edge, but the Spurs closed the period with an 11-6 run to tie it at 22-22.
San Antonio carried the momentum into the second quarter, as the Spurs opened a 31-25 advantage on a bucket by Brent Barry. The Heat, though, responded with a 17-1 run.
Miami scored nine straight and took a 34-31 lead on a three-pointer by Jones before a free throw by Duncan interrupted the burst. Gary Payton followed with a driving layup before consecutive threes by Jones and Walker gave the Heat a 42-32 cushion with just under four minutes remaining in the half.
The Spurs, however, countered with a 14-3 run and went into the break with a 46-45 lead. Ginobili hit a pair of triples and scored eight during the late spurt on the way to a 17-point first-half effort.
Miami held the lead for most the third quarter, but a three-pointer by Ginobili gave the Spurs a 65-64 edge with just under 2 1/2 minutes to play in the stanza. The Heat then scored the final five points to grab a four-point edge heading to the fourth.
"We were good," said Heat coach Ron Rothstein. "We were playing with a lot of determination, effort and hustle. If you're going to beat a good team, that's what you have to do."
Kapono notched his first career double-double...Barry scored 11 for San Antonio...Duncan made 4-of-10 shots and was a dismal 5-of-11 from the free throw line...The Spurs made only 11-of-20 from the stripe and were outrebounded 46-31...Udonis Haslem had 10 points and eight rebounds for Miami.
02/11 17:11:07 ET