Spurs fall to Heat in overtime
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Rookie Shabazz Napier had 25 points, including four free throws in the final minute, and Miami held on for a 111-108 overtime victory over San Antonio on Saturday night in the teams’ first meeting since the Spurs routed the Heat in the NBA Finals.
Tyler Johnson scored 17 points in the exhibition game, Andre Dawkins added 16 points, and Danny Granger and Mario Chalmers had 11 each for Miami (2-4).
Marco Belinelli had 18 points and Kyle Anderson added 17 points to lead San Antonio (1-3). JaMychal Green and Tim Duncan added 11 points each.
There was little resemblance to the teams that last were on the AT&T Center court when the Spurs throttled the since-departed LeBron James and the Heat in five games during the NBA Finals.
The Spurs were without Tony Parker (rest), Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard (eye infection), Tiago Splitter (calf) and Patty Mills (rotator cuff). Miami was without Josh McRoberts (toe) and Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng both sat out to rest.
Even without the star power, the teams managed to produce plenty of excitement.
Austin Daye’s 3-pointer pulled San Antonio to 97-96 and led to a Miami timeout with 3:40 remaining and Belinelli’s 3 tied it at 100 with 28.4 seconds left.
Jonson missed both free throws with 13.2 seconds left and then had a backcourt violation on the ensuing rebound. Joseph missed a turnaround jumper near the free throw line and Ayres sailed a short jumper over the rim as time expired in regulation.
Napier made two free throws after being fouled following a mad scramble for a loose ball at midcourt, giving Miami a 109-106 lead and sealed the win with two more free throws.