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
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
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
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
"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
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.