The San Antonio Spurs rode a 37 point first quarter to an early 15 point lead and never looked back, ultimately defeating the Miami Heat by a score of 111-87. The 24 point defeat marked Miami's largest of the season.
The Heat made the game close on several occasions, including cutting the deficit to 5 with 2:14 left in the third quarter, but they couldn't get the stops (or the scores, really) they needed down the stretch, losing the 4th quarter 29-13. Oh, and they turned the ball over 10 times in the game's final period (20 total for the game). That also didn't help.
In what will probably go down as one of his worst games of the season, LeBron James, sans mask, scored just 19 points on 6-18 shooting (0-3 from deep), to go along with 8 rebounds and 7 assists, but also 5 turnovers. Chris Bosh did everything he could to keep the Heat in the game, scoring 24 points on 10-16 from the floor, but it wasn't nearly enough.
As the turnover totals might indicate, point guard play was a major issue for the Heat. Mario Chalmers turned the ball over four times and was a -21 in 27 minutes. Norris Cole turned the ball over once in 16 minutes, but was 0-3 from the floor.
The Spurs were led by stellar performances by Tim Duncan and Tony Parker (what else is new?) Duncan scored 23 points on 9-13 shooting, while Parker scored 17 and had 4 assists. Eleven Spurs players scored in total, 10 of whom had at least 6 points.
This marks the second consecutive Heat loss, and their 16th of the season. They sit one game behind the Indiana Pacers in the loss column with 23 games left to play this season. The Spurs improve to 45-16, one game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder for first in the Western Conference.
Next up for the Heat is a trip to Chicago for a game against the Bulls on Sunday. The game is set to tipoff at 1:00 PM and can be seen on ABC.