Spurs Fall Short vs. Heat After Miserable 4th Quarter

By George Middleton

It appeared the San Antonio Spurs were no their way to pick up their first preseason game, that didn’t happen. The Spurs led the Miami Heat 84-71 through three quarters. A miserable fourth quarter in which the Spurs got outscored 26-10, cost them the game. The Heat came out on top 97-94.

Newly acquired Spurs guard Ray McCallum‘s missed a desperation 32-foot three pointer to tie the game at the buzzer.

Oct 12, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward

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(1) drives to the basket as Miami Heat forward Greg Whittington (22) defends during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili played after missing the Spurs preseason opener versus Sacramento with rest. Coach Gregg Popovich was back on the sidelines after missing the first game as well. Boris Diaw still hasn’t suited up for the Spurs in two games (rest).

Duncan played as if he hasn’t missed a beat. The 39-year-old finished 7-for-7 from the field in 19 minutes. Duncan finished the game with 14 points and six rebounds. Parker had eight points and five assists, Ginobili had 10 points.

LaMarcus Aldridge looked much better after a shaky Spurs debut. Aldridge finished with 17 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes. Against the Kings he went for eight points on 3-for-10 shooting. Kawhi Leonard finished with 14 points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes.

Strangely enough the Spurs shot 42% from the field and the Heat shot 38%.

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The key to the game was the free-throw shooting as the Heat made 26 of 29 free-throws and the Spurs made 18 of 24.

Gerald Green was huge for the Heat as he finished with 17 points in 20 minutes off the bench. Rookie Josh Richardson made his impact felt despite playing only seven minutes. Richardson scored seven points and had three steals in seven minutes.

The Spurs look to turn things around when they take on the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

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