Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 2/1

Game 1: Saturday, February 1st
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Heat65
Game 2: Tuesday, February 25th
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Heat 69

(19-37, 7-22 away)

Spurs 84

 

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, February 25, 2003

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 15 15 14 2569
    SA 24 19 23 1884

    Top Performers

    Miami: S. Lampley 11 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast

    San Antonio: T. Duncan 17 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 Blk

    Spurs cruise by Heat for 11th win in last 12

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Whether its on the road, or at home, the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan have stayed focused on their winning ways.

    The Spurs have won 11 of their last 12 games, and Tuesday night Tim Duncan got 17 points and 10 rebounds as they defeated the Miami Heat 84-69.

    Since the new year started, the Spurs have an NBA-best 20-4 record. With Dallas' loss to Orlando, San Antonio inched closer to the Midwest Division lead. The Spurs still are 4 1/2 games behind.

    "We're not worried about Dallas, honestly,'' Duncan said. "There are so many games left. They control their own destiny.''

    San Antonio had three other players in double figures: Malik Rose with 14, Bruce Bowen with 11 and Manu Ginobili with 10. The all-around performance of the Spurs was lauded by Duncan.

    "Honestly, it started out with our guys on the perimeter,'' he said. "Bruce and Tony (Parker) were out there putting pressure on the ball. Once we did that, they pushed it into the middle and we had great rotation all night.''

    The Spurs swept the season series from Miami. They beat the Heat 67-65 earlier this year.

    The Heat, who have dropped four of their last five games, were led by Eddie Jones with 13 points. Sean Lampley chipped in 11.

    The defense by the Spurs was applauded by coach Gregg Popovich.

    "Everybody combined in that effort and everybody got involved,'' said Popovich. "We defend as a group.''

    San Antonio pulled away at the end of the third quarter when it went on an 11-4 run, with Bowen getting five of his points. The Spurs took a 66-44 lead.

    Miami helped out San Antonio, committing 11 of its 24 turnovers in the third period. The Spurs turned those turnovers into 29 points.

    "Our offensive performance tonight was dismal,'' said Heat coach Pat Riley. "We just shot ourselves in the foot offensively. We just couldn't keep it close at all. We were just not focused tonight.''

    The Spurs continued to pour it on in the fourth quarter, getting their biggest lead of the game at 31 when Steve Smith hit a 3-pointer to make it 82-51.

    Miami opened the game when Jones hit a 17-foot jumper. It was the Heat's only lead.

    Rose hit a 16-foot jumper with :01 left, giving the Spurs a 43-30 halftime lead.

    "You have to credit the role players they have, because they all step up and make big shots and plays when they have to,'' said Heat guard Travis Best. "We definitely could take a lesson from them tonight on just how to be focused and make things happen.''

    Game notes


    Rookie forward Caron Butler, not on the trip to Texas, missed his second game with flu-like symptoms and is not expected back until Wednesday. Rasual Butler, a rookie from La Salle, started in his place and had seven points. ... The Spurs have won 15 of 16 at home against the Heat. ... San Antonio is 10-0 at home against Eastern Conference teams this season. ... Attendance for the game was 17,322, one of the lowest for a Spurs game at the SBC Center since it opened. Freezing weather that caused road closures and schools to shut down kept the crowd down.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIA
    SA
    Points 69 84
    FGM-FGA 30-74 (.405) 32-71 (.451)
    3PM-3PA 3-17 (.176) 4-16 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 6-9 (.667) 16-26 (.615)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-37 13-42
    Assists 16 19
    Turnovers 24 18
    Steals 7 16
    Blocks 7 7
    Fast Break Points 2 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 9 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Miami
    San Antonio
    Sean Lampley Lampley
    Points: 11
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 17
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 4