Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/4

Game 1: Tuesday, November 4th
Game 2: Saturday, December 6th

Heat 73

(0-5, 0-4 away)

Spurs 80


    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, November 4, 2003

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 12 29 18 1473
    SA 18 24 19 1980

    Top Performers

    Miami: E. Jones 26 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    San Antonio: M. Ginobili 15 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Heat go 0-5 for first time since inaugural '88-89 season

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- No Tim Duncan. No Tony Parker. Not even Gregg Popovich. But with Miami as the opponent, the San Antonio Spurs had no need for excuses.

    Malik Rose had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the patchwork Spurs past the still-winless Heat 80-73 Tuesday night.

    A driving basket by Lamar Odom with 2:13 remaining cut the Spurs' lead to 74-73. But Manu Ginobili found Rasho Nesterovic for a dunk with 1:13 remaining, and Jason Hart and Ginobili made a pair of free throws apiece in the final 16 seconds to seal the victory.

    The Spurs played without Duncan and Parker, both out with sprained left ankles, and Popovich was serving a one-game suspension.

    Ginobili paced San Antonio with 15 points, while Nesterovic added 14 and reserve Kevin Willis 13.

    "It wasn't the best-looking game, but we still came out on top," Ginobili said. "It felt really good to get the win."

    Eddie Jones led Miami with 26 points, all but four in the first half, before he fouled out with less than five minutes left. Odom added 14 points and 12 rebounds.

    "I thought coming in that tonight might be the night for us," Jones said. "I thought we had an excellent chance to win one here."

    The Spurs helped Miami's chances by making only half of their 20 free throws in the first half. But San Antonio turned it around after the break, making 16 of its 21 attempts at the line.

    "It was an ugly game," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said. "They killed us on fast-break points (16-6) and second-chance points (20-7), and they also got to the free-throw line 41 times, and that was a difference."

    Duncan sprained his left ankle Monday night in a loss in Memphis and will be sidelined for one to three weeks. Parker, who suffered his sprain during an exhibition game, is yet to play in the regular season.

    Duncan and Parker were the team's top scorers last season, combining for nearly 40 points a game. Duncan has averaged 16.5 points and 12.7 rebounds this season.

    Popovich was suspended for bumping an official Monday while arguing on the court. Assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo filled in for the night.

    "We did the best job all season of taking care of the ball," Carlesimo said. "That's a win those guys can feel good about. They really earned it tonight."

    The Spurs had only 10 turnovers in the game, compared to an average of 20 coming in. Point guards Hart and Shane Heal had no turnovers.

    Without Duncan to rely on, San Antonio went inside to Nesterovic and Rose early and built a 12-3 lead.

    Miami made only three of its 14 shots in the opening period, but the Heat warmed up in the second period.

    With the Spurs ahead 26-14, Jones made a short fadeaway jumper. He scored 15 more points in the quarter to finish the half with 22 on 7-for-10 shooting.

    As a team, Miami shot 9-for 15 from the floor in the second and went ahead briefly late in the half before San Antonio regained the lead at 42-41 in the final minute on a 12-footer by Hedo Turkoglu.< ^Notes:@The Spurs have won 16 of their last 17 games against Miami at home. The only time the Heat won in San Antonio was in December 1996. ... San Antonio shot 34.2 percent (25-for-73) on the night, while Miami managed 35.3 percent (24-68). ... Willis, in his 19th NBA season, scored his 17,000th career point on a free throw early in the second quarter. ... The Heat have lost their first five games by an average of 13.4 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 73 80
    FGM-FGA 24-68 (.353) 25-73 (.342)
    3PM-3PA 4-12 (.333) 4-15 (.267)
    FTM-FTA 21-24 (.875) 26-41 (.634)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-44 15-48
    Assists 8 12
    Turnovers 15 10
    Steals 8 6
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 2 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 31 (0/0) 17 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Eddie Jones Jones
    Points: 26
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Manu Ginobili Ginobili
    Points: 15
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1