The Miami Heat got off to a really great start against the San Antonio Spurs. Without Kawhi Leonard and Hassan Whiteside, there was some star power missing, but not a lack of scoring. Maybe that’s why both teams shot the ball so well, as the two best defenders for each team didn’t suit up.
The Heat were feeling it from deep and made 18-34 three-pointers, but it wasn’t enough. The Spurs were to efficient on offense and capitalized on the Heat’s mistakes as they turned a 1 point halftime deficit into a big win.
Miami led 58-57 at halftime, and played well most of the third quarter. But the last few minutes of the 3rd and first 6 minutes of the 4th did them in and the Spurs built a lead that was too big for the Heat to overcome. The Spurs won the game 117-105.
- The Heat shot 53% from the field
- Miami had 18 turnovers
- Dion Waiters played 35 minutes and was a +10 on the night.
Miami was led by Tyler Johnson 25 points off the bench and a career-high 5 three-pointers. Dion Waiters and Josh Richardson joined Johnson in leading Miami, but part of their problem was in their point guard, Goran Dragic. He shot 3-11, had only 8 points and was a staggering -26 on the evening. Dragic just couldn’t get it going.
James Johnson struggled with foul trouble and only played 23 minutes. Erik Spoelstra took our pre-game advice and modified his starting lineup. Adding both James Johnson and Kelly Olynyk to help match up against LaMarcus Aldrige and Pau Gasol.
But it was a balanced scoring punch for the Spurs who had 8 players in double figures. It didn’t matter who was in the game, the system made them play well. We knew the Heat had to come in and play a great game to be able to win. And they did pretty much that through more than half the game, but they let it slip.
And once it slipped, the couldn’t make up the difference. Miami is now 11-13 on the season. They next play on Saturday in Mexico City against the Brooklyn Nets.