The Spurs would draw first blood on a Bryn Forbes three pointer, but it wouldn’t take long for Miami to get on the board with Kendrick Nunn hitting an easy bucket. Forbes would hit another seconds later, but Duncan Robinson would return fire with one of his own.
Miami’s defense was aggressive to start, especially compared to the last two games. Miami was active, causing deflections and wreaking havoc. The Heat were able to use this agression to score 9 straight points and send San Antonio scrambling to a timeout.
San Antonio battled back with DeRozan leading the team with his impressive mid range play. He’s been on a scoring tear lately and though slow to start, he managed to get his.
The Heat lacked a scoring punch towards the end of the first quarter forcing Miami to look at other options. As usual Kendrick Nunn responded with some assistance from James Johnson.
With the offense going, the Heat were able to break out and take seven point lead into the second.
The Spurs entered a scoring drought of their own, missing eight straight shots, but it wouldn’t last long with Patty Mills taking over for San Antonio. Still, Miami continued their offensive assault with Goran hitting three straight threes to keep the Heat ahead.
Kelly Olynyk saw minutes for the first time in a while, but wasn’t impressive. He was slow on defense and couldn’t get his looks to fall. The Spurs managed to claw back around the 7 minute mark, forcing the Heat to send Jimmy and Bam back in the game.
After disappearing in New York, Goran was unstoppable from beyond the arc. Continuing where he left off in the first for multiple buckets.
Jimmy Butler couldn’t hit a shot in the first half, going 1/6 from the field, but he found other ways to contribute.
The Spurs nipped at Miami’s heels, with DeMar DeRozan finding success in the midrange as usual. They managed to tie the game up, but a conversion to a 2-3 zone and the surging scoring of Kendrick Nunn (he was perfect from the field) kept them just out of reach. Unfortunately, a well timed steal would allow Derozan to tie the game up in the final seconds.
The Heat would head into the second half tied 51-51.
Meyers Leonard opened things up for Miami with a three to start the third. Jimmy also got on the board again, after an incredibly rough shooting start.
Bam was a menace on the boards, grabbing what seemed like almost every defensive board. He also shared the ball well racking up 5 assists. He also had a beautiful alley-oop slam.
DeMar DeRozan absolutely shredded the Heat, scoring at will and never from beyond the arc. It’s rare to see Jimmy unable to guard a guy, but that was the case tonight (Miami would switch DJJ on him later in the quarter).
The Spurs were able to rally and go on a 9-2 run to take the lead. Luckily, Kendrick Nunn would put the team on his back again to help the Heat tie things back up.
Patty Mills wrecked Miami’s zone from beyond the arc. Miami had no answers for his shooting and that let the Spurs take the lead and then some (a five point lead). The Heat continued to struggle from the free throw line (they were 3/7 at the end of the third quarter).
The Heat would battle back and take the lead with some great scoring by Derrick Jones Jr. and Bam. Unfortunately, the Spurs scored in the final seconds letting them take a 2 point lead into the fourth.
Goran Dragic would open the fourth with a big three for the Heat, and Duncan Robinson would follow it up not long after to take back the lead. All of a sudden the Heat were surging on an 8-0 run.
The Heat got output from everybody on the court scoring on some arguably lucky looks, but frustrating the Spurs defense in the process.
One thing worth pointing out is how well DJJ rebounded tonight, he had 12 early in the fourth and attacked the glass fearlessly.
Jimmy would re-enter the game with about 7 minutes remaining, but the Heat would enter a small scoring drought. The Heat lucked out on offensive foul calls that went against the Spurs allowing the team to gather themselves.
Jimmy finally came to life with a timely three, and Miami would build on it with some great scoring by who else but Kendrick Nunn and Bam. Kendrick would make a huge steal to give the Heat an 11 point lead.
The Spurs would fight back in the final three minutes and cut the lead down to five (they managed to do this in 38 seconds). Some poorly timed fouls by Duncan Robinson kept San Antonio within striking distance.
Jimmy made a huge block against Patty Mills with just over a minute left that ignited the AAA. Nunn would follow that up with another score (he was phenomenal tonight). The Spurs battled on almost every possession, but a couple slip ups in the final 20 seconds cost them dearly.
Kendrick Nunn made a big steal in the final possession to put the dagger in San Antonio and secure a solid bounce back win for the Heat.