Heat rally in fourth, edge Spurs, 83-78

By Joe Buettner

Apr 26, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Miami Heat guard Terrel Harris (14) drives to the basket against the Washington Wizards during the second half at the Verizon Center. The Wizards defeated the Heat 104 - 70. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

As stacked as the Spurs summer league roster is on paper, some of these young guys still have much to learn. San Antonio dropped their second consecutive game to the Miami Heat in another physical battle.

Without Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs don’t have a really diverse (read: talented) player on the roster, but that’s no problem; it’s summer league. Cory Joseph didn’t have one of his better games but it shouldn’t take away from his excellent 2012 Vegas performance.


The young guys, whether they get a contract with the Spurs or not, can take a lot from this game, though. Momentum can shift fast in the NBA. Miami was the aggressor in the early going. However, a bad second quarter put the Spurs in the driver’s seat.

San Antonio played tough on the defensive end, getting to the rim quite well. Miami fell behind, and the Spurs managed to maintain a nine-point lead heading in the final quarter.

Tyler Wilkerson had a great day, leading the Spurs with 12 points and five boards. Also, Alexis Ajinca tallied six points and six boards.

Despite some solid outings from a few of the Spurs’ reserves; Miami’s Terrel Harris was relentless.

The Oklahoma State product had a game-high 25 points and grabbed five rebounds. Harris was complemented by seven-footer Justin Hamilton, who had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Heat.

Miami really turned it on in the fourth quarter, and jumped out late to regain their earlier lead. San Antonio was outscored 28-14 in the fourth, and the Heat’s rally earned them a five point win.

The Heat improved to 3-1 on the week, but the Spurs dropped to .500 with their second loss. San Antonio plays their final game in Vegas tomorrow against the Dallas Mavericks, who will also be coming off a back-to-back.