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San Antonio Spurs vs Miami Heat: Takeaways & Star Performer

Feb 9, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates with San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 9, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates with San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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The San Antonio Spurs (43-8) beat the Miami Heat (29-24), 119-101 on Tuesday Night. LaMarcus Aldridge continued his strong play as he led with 28 points.

The Spurs kicked off their annual Rodeo-Road Trip in style. Kawhi Leonard added 23 to help San Antonio continue their success against the Heat – marking their sixth straight win dating back to the 2014 NBA Finals against Miami. Danny Green pitched in 15 points.

Dwyane Wade was top scorer for the Heat as he finished with 20 points on 9 of 20 shooting. Chris Bosh scored 18 as Miami heads into the All-Star Break on a two game slide.

Spurs have won five-straight and 45-23 all-time against the Heat.

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Key Takeaways

-Leonard / Aldridge Shine

The duo combined to score 51 points as they helped jump start the offense that struggled in the first quarter. Aldridge continues his strong play with another solid outing. To go along with his offensive output, he also pulled down four assists as well as four helpings. Leonard had an all-around game. He grabbed nine rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals to go along with 23 points.

-Points In The Paint

Feb 9, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) dunks the ball as Miami Heat forward Luol Deng (9) looks on during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Spurs dominated the paint on Tuesday night. Leonard had his way down in the paint and helped win the battle for San Antonio as they were plus-16 (58-42).

-Seven Point Swing

The Spurs got a rare seven point swing in a matter of minutes. Miami cut the Spurs lead after trailing by 15 in the third to 87-80. With 9:51 remaining in the game Patty Mills started it off with hitting a 3-pointer while getting fouled. Mills hit the free-throw but as that was going on, Hassan Whiteside and Boban Marjanovic got tangled up — Whiteside threw an elbow striking Marjanovic which led to his ejection. To make matters worse, Leonard then hit a jumper to seal the possession — Spurs were up 97-80.

Star Performer: LaMarcus Aldridge

You can say Leonard deserves this nod as well but Aldridge right now over the last seven games. He definitely has his mind clear of all distractions and is playing at a higher level than the start of the season.

Notes:

-58 points in the paint

Boban Marjanovic: 11 points, six rebounds

Jonathon Simmons: 10 points, four rebounds

-6-of-14 3-Point

Next: Aldridge Stepping Up At Right Time

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