The Heat started this one off slow, with nobody seemingly being able to make a bucket. Fortunately the Spurs struggled from the field too. Miami would break out of it with a Wayne Ellington three and a Winslow blocking foul and one. The Heat were grooving on a 15-0 run.
Miami really took advantage early, but the Spurs hung in there…mostly because Miami went through one of their signature scoring droughts.
Josh Richardson struggled, despite putting himself in great positions to score.
Richardson hit a three early on to kind of break out of his slump, and pad the Heat lead, but he was still unable to convert on any of his drives. The Heat struggled underneath the basket, never actually grabbing rebounds and instead electing to tip in shots…it didn’t work. Miami hit a stretch where they missed 15 of 18 shots, it’s a problem, but somehow they stayed in the lead.
Whiteside was fantastic reaching a double double with more than 4 minutes left in the half and blocking many Spurs shots all the way back to Texas (HE HAD SEVEN BLOCKS IN THE FIRST). He was a lone bright spot for the Heat.
Miami picked things up towards the end of the half, but so did the Spurs. Somehow they’d sneak into the second half up eight.
Both teams played relatively basketball this half, airballs, stupid fouls, turnovers, you name it, it wasn’t great.
The Spurs picked things up in the third, while the Heat continued to struggle. Luckily a beautiful Hassan slam would spark Miami on the offensive end as they regained their 10 point lead. Hassan was really great this game, effort on both ends, you’d hardly know he had an injury a game ago. It was great to see, the Heat desperately needed someone to step up in this game and he did.
The Spurs went on a run to cut the Heat lead down to six, but Miami found a way to maintain their lead. Miami’s role players stepped up in this quarter, capitalizing on most of their chances.
I have to give credit to the Heat defense. After a few games of struggling on D, they really did a great job of shutting down the Spurs’ one two punch of Demar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge.
This was a solid quarter for the Heat.
Miami came out swinging in the fourth ready to put this one away. Ellington hit multiple threes (I think he’s cemented himself back in the rotation). The Heat continued their impressive defense and the Spurs really struggled. Unfortunately, the Spurs would pick things up with threes by Davis Bertans.
The Heat would make a ton of mistakes in the last minute allowing the Spurs to close in within five. Luckily they were able to calm things down and secure a very solid win.