Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
Talk about a statement win for the Miami Heat.
With a three-ball from Chris Bosh with 1.1 remaining on the clock, the Heat took an 88-86 lead and never looked back.
Not only did Bosh prove that he has ice running through his veins, he also was the Heat's foundation with 23 points, nine rebounds and three assists.
More impressive than the Heat's offensive performance was their defensive tenacity on and off the ball.
The Heat made their presence felt on defense first, which led to easy buckets and open three pointers, which they were able to knock down—ending the night shooting 12-of-28 from beyond the arc.
San Antonio had an awful shooting night, shooting just 7-of-24 from beyond the arc. They also turned the ball over 12 times, which isn't awful, but it is more than the Heat turned the ball over.
Getting beat by a team without their superstars is certainly humiliating, but it's even worse when you're 32-4 at home.
It was a big win for the Heat, and an even bigger loss for the Spurs. Miami now owns the season series over San Antonio and they are three games up on the Spurs when it comes to having the best record int he NBA.
Miami Heat 88, San Antonio Spurs 86
Top Heat Performer: Chris Bosh—23 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists
Top Spurs Performer: Tim Duncan—17 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal
Wow. Chris Bosh drills the go-ahead 3-pointer from the top of the key. Heat up 88-86 with 1.1 seconds left.
— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) April 1, 2013
Miami Heat 88, San Antonio Spurs 86—end of the 4th quarter
Bosh is clutch (if such a thing exists)— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) April 1, 2013
Cole has played 42 minutes. That's gotta be a career-high, right?— Holly MacKenzie (@stackmack) April 1, 2013
Refs with a classic, "He fell, must be a foul" that gives Norris Cole FTs.— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) April 1, 2013
Absolutely awful call on Kawhi Leonard there. Got called for a foul by playing perfect defense.
Norris Cole magically sinks both free throws.
Spurs 86, Heat 85—32.1 remaining in the 4th quarter
Tim Duncan with a HUGE bucket.
Spurs 86, Heat 83—46.4 remaining in the 4th quarter
I'm amazed that Tony Parker hasn't taken it at Norris Cole more often in this one.
Spurs 84, Heat 83—1:44 remaining in the 4th quarter
Classic steal/block by Shane Battier on the vastly more athletic Kawhi Leonard.— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) April 1, 2013
Spurs back on top thanks to a patented Tim Duncan jumper. Oh Timmy, you make it look too easy.
Spurs 84, Heat 83—2:25 remaining in the 4th quarter
You know there are a lot of Heat fans in the building when you hear boos ringing through the stadium when a home-team player steps to the line.
Heat 82, Spurs 82—3:12 remaining in the 4th quarter
Another 24-second violation for the Spurs. Incredible defense by the Heat today.— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) April 1, 2013
That's the Spurs third shot-clock violation this game. Not impressive for the NBA's "most disciplined" team.
Spurs with 12 turnovers.
Heat 82, Spurs 80—3:19 remaining in the 4th quarter
Kawhi Leonard with a huge offensive rebound, giving him a double double—17 points, 10 rebounds.
Heat 80, Spurs 80—4:26 remaining in the 4th quarter
Danny Green just caught the three bug at the right time. Excellent ball movement leads to a wide-open three.
Chris Bosh—20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists
Kawhi Leonard—17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals
Heat 80, Spurs 78—5:22 remaining in the 4th quarter
Spurs with 11 turnovers, Heat with just 7.
That's definitely not what the NBA world predicted once LeBron, Wade and Chalmers were announced to be out.
Heat 80, Spurs 75—6:00 remaining in the 4th quarter
Kawhi Leonard can fly, man. That's two dunks now over the Heat defense.— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) April 1, 2013
Heat come out of the timeout with an actual half-court play, leading to an easy Ray Allen backdoor layup.
Kawhi Leonard with a thunderous slam on the other end. That kid can sure get up.
Heat 76, Spurs 72—7:17 remaining in the 4th quarter
Spurs down 10, thanks to the Ray Allen three ball.
Gary Niel answers with one of his own from deep. Then follows it up with an awful, awful three in transition.
Heat 74, Spurs 67—8:40 remaining in the 4th quarter
You've got to wonder why Gregg Popovich is keeping Duncan and Parker on the bench here.
Heat 71, Spurs 64—10:05 remaining in the 4th quarter
0 points in the quarter by either team
Buckets are hard to come by so far in the fourth quarter. It's interesting that the Spurs don't have Tony Parker and Tim Duncan out on the floor.
Heat 71, Spurs 64—10:38 remaining in the 4th quarter
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