NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Miami
(Thursday, January 24th)
Final Score: San Antonio 90, Miami 89
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Manu Ginobili's running layup with 36.5 seconds to go proved to be the game winner, as San Antonio battled back to deny Miami its first victory since before Christmas, 90-89, at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Miami has lost 15 straight games since a home victory over Utah on December 22. The longest losing streak in franchise history still sits at 17 games to open the 1988-1989 season.
Tim Duncan scored 30 points with 11 rebounds and Ginobili added 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists off the bench for San Antonio, which traveled across the country after a victory over Los Angeles Wednesday night and didn't even practice prior to tip-off.
Tony Parker added 12 points and Michael Finley scored 10 for the Spurs, winners in three straight.
"I thought we might run out of gas but we didn't," said San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich. "I thought the guys did a fantastic job of playing for each other and communicating and it ended up in a win for us."
Dwyane Wade had a team-high 27 points with six rebounds and nine assists for Miami and Jason Williams made four treys as part of a 14-point contest.
Shaquille O'Neal, who is expected to miss at least the next two weeks with an ailing hip, watched fellow veteran Mark Blount pick up the slack with 23 points with five rebounds.
"A loss is a loss," said Blount. "We've been in every game so far this year. We just didn't get stops."
San Antonio had led for an entire 26 seconds at 53-52 before Parker drained two free throws for an 88-87 edge with 2:23 to play in the game. Wade answered with a driving layup, putting Miami in front by one with 2:10 to go.
Wade then did it on the defensive end. Duncan received the ball on the left block, but Wade doubled down and slapped it away from the All-Star forward, forcing a fight for the basketball won by Udonis Haslem.
The Spurs, after a timeout, went to a zone and Wade forced a tough turnaround jumper near the three-point arc that hit the back rim. San Antonio seized the lead, 90-89, with Ginobili's running layup over the outstretched hands of three defenders with 36.5 seconds to play.
Wade missed an acrobatic left-handed shot off the glass, but the loose ball went off a Spurs defender with 14.8 ticks remaining. Wade again attacked the basket in the final seconds, but three defenders flocked to his side and he lost the ball off his knee.
Parker missed both free throws with 0.9 seconds to go, but Ricky Davis' one- handed heave at the horn was tipped and didn't even reach midcourt.
The Heat started on a positive note, scoring five straight to break an 18-18 tie and claim the five-point edge on Blount's jumper with 3:06 left in the first quarter.
Miami led 28-24 after one quarter, and neither team could gain the advantage in the second stanza. Duncan's turnaround jumper with 1:06 left in the half cut San Antonio's deficit to 46-45, even though the Heat made 56 percent of their shots in the first half.
San Antonio sharpshooter Brent Barry left the game with an apparent left calf injury. He will undergo an MRI when the Spurs get back to San Antonio on Friday...The Spurs made just 5-of-24 from beyond the arc, but connected on 15- of-18 from the charity stripe. Miami buried itself at the free throw line, draining just 13-of-23...Attendance was 19,600.
01/25 01:31:42 ET