Against an injury-ravaged team like the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, the San Antonio Spurs could afford to still win a game comfortably minus three of their current injured players (Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, and Tiago Splitter). On Sunday in Miami against the Heat, the Spurs would feel what the Hawks felt Friday as San Antonio was blown out within three quarters, as the Heat lead reached its peak at 29 points, before the Spurs’ bench would trim Miami’s overall score to 113-101.
In the first half, the Spurs would fall behind by 10 points early before Tim Duncan (23 points, 2 steals, 1 block), Boris Diaw (15 points, 3 assists), and Tony Parker (11 points, 7 assists) would help them claw back with two surges to allow San Antonio to tie Miami twice in the second quarter. The Heat, guided by LeBron James (18 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal), Chris Bosh (24 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists), and Mario Chalmers (16 points, 7 assists) would bump their lead to eight points just before the half.
The Spurs would come out in the second half and bring Miami’s lead down to four points with 8:44 remaining in the third quarter, but then James, Bosh, and Chalmers would put the game away in three quarters as they propelled the Heat to a 25-9 run to end the third quarter as Miami walked into the fourth holding a 91-71 lead.