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Third-quarter run propels Heat past Spurs

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Tyler Herro scored a team-high 18 points.

San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

In their preseason opener Tuesday night, the Miami Heat went on a 13-0 run to close the third quarter and defeat the San Antonio Spurs 107-89. Rookie Tyler Herro impressed in his first appearance, making his first five shots and finishing with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field.

Jimmy Butler finished with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting. He played Tuesday as if it was an exhibition game, holding off on taking on the go-to scoring duties he’ll assume when the regular season begins. Justise Winslow found Butler for a pretty alley-oop here.

Speaking of Winslow and Butler, Erik Spoelstra started both of them Tuesday night. In fact, Winslow was the shortest player in that group. Duncan Robinson, Meyers Leonard and Bam Adebayo joined them in the starting five. It’s probably wise not to make too much of this starting lineup.

With Kelly Olynyk out and James Johnson still away from the team, Spoelstra used a bigger lineup than he may otherwise have liked to. And the Heat are probably limiting Goran Dragic’s minutes in the preseason, but will play him more once the season starts. For his part, Dragic moved well and logged eight points, three rebounds and four assists against the Spurs.

Adebayo finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks as the Heat’s starting center. He missed both of his mid-range attempts; developing a respectable shot should be a reasonable goal for the third-year player to reach this year.

Chris Silva, who is competing for one of the Heat’s last roster spots, scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting. KZ Okpala, whom the Heat drafted in the second round, played only five minutes in the preseason opener. Hopefully, he’ll get some more playing time — he has the potential to be a good 3-and-D guy in the NBA.

The Heat will travel to Charlotte to face the Hornets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.