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Aldridge, Spurs overwhelm Heat

Sports Xchange

December 06, 2017 at 11:08 pm.

SAN ANTONIO — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points to lead a parade of teammates in double figures as the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 117-105 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday at the AT&T Center.

Eight of the 11 players who saw the court for San Antonio scored in double figures as Bryn Forbes hit for 17 points, Rudy Gay scored 16, Patty Mills had 13 points, Pau Gasol and Danny Green tallied 12 apiece, and Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili pumped in 10 each in a tour de force of balance and sharing the ball by the Spurs.

The win was San Antonio’s sixth in seven games.

The Spurs ruled the paint, outscoring Miami 54-28 on close-range shots. Conversely, the Heat hit 18 of their 34 3-pointers and outshot San Antonio 54.2 percent to 52.9 percent. They needed all that and more to stay close in a wide-open shootout in which the two teams combined for only 26 free throw attempts.

Tyler Johnson led Miami with 25 points off the bench, while Dion Waiters scored 22 and Josh Richardson added 19 for the Heat (11-13), who have lost four of their past five games.

The first half featured three ties and two lead changes, with the largest advantage held by the Heat when they were up by eight points in the middle of the second quarter.

Miami led 58-57 at halftime behind 11 points from Tyler Johnson and 10 apiece from Waiters and Richardson and 57.5 percent shooting from the floor. The Spurs, who were led by Aldridge’s 10 points over the first two quarters, also shot well at 51.1 percent.

The Spurs assumed an 86-82 lead at the end of the third quarter when Ginobili poured in a step-back 3-pointer with 1 second remaining in the period. San Antonio poured it on the fourth quarter, leading by as much as 15 points in the easier-than-the-score-indicates victory.

NOTES: San Antonio F LaMarcus Aldridge’s streak of 27 straight games in double-figure scoring is the second longest of any Spurs player since he came to San Antonio (Kawhi Leonard). … Miami recorded 19 assists in the first half, the most for any Heat half this season. … San Antonio G Patty Mills is one of three players in Spurs history to hit 500-plus three-pointers off the bench (Manu Ginobili and Matt Bonner). … Miami is only the sixth team this year to hit 10-plus, 3-pointers against the Spurs. … Immediately after the game Wednesday, the Heat boarded an overnight flight to Mexico City, where they will pla a road game against Brooklyn on Saturday.