Tony Parker made one of two free throws with 18 seconds left as
the Spurs defeated the Heat 67-65, in a game which saw the teams
combine for the ninth-fewest points since the 24-second shot clock
was introduced in 1954.
"This was one of those games that set basketball back 10
years," San Antonio forward Malike Rose said.
After Parker's free throw, Travis Best missed a 3-point attempt
for Miami and Caron Butler missed a jumper inside the free throw
line in the final 18 seconds.
"I had a great look and it just went in and out," Butler said.
Parker scored a game-high 18 points, while Duncan added 17 and
grabbed 23 defensive rebounds. Duncan topped his previous career
best of 23, which he had on three other occasions. His 25 rebounds
were the most in the league this season.
"There were a lot of them coming off the glass," Duncan said.
"They shot 90-something times. They were there to be had."
Miami actually shot 92 times, making only 26 of them to finish
at 28 percent.
It was a season-low point total for the Spurs. The Heat scored
just 65 points for the third time.
"We played the game well, we just shot it poorly," Miami coach
Pat Riley said. "We just needed to make four or five shots."
The Spurs played sloppy as well, turning the ball over 27 times.
"I hesitate to think what they would have scored if we hadn't
turned the ball over so much," Duncan said. "It might have been
in the 40s."
Stephen Jackson scored six points within the first three minutes
of the fourth quarter to put San Antonio ahead for good, 61-55.
Eddie Jones, who led the Heat with 17 points, hit two free
throws with 24 seconds remaining to cut San Antonio's lead to
The Spurs were without center David Robinson in the second half,
who sat out with an injured right knee. Robinson finished with
three points and two rebounds.
After Duncan's hook shot with 2:43 remaining in the second
quarter put San Antonio ahead, 31-24, Miami ran off eight
unanswered points to end the half. Caron Butler's jumper with 5
seconds remaining gave the Heat a 32-31 halftime lead.
Duncan's 23 defensive rebounds set a San Antonio all-time
single game record, previously held by Dennis Rodman, who had 22.
... Duncan's 10 rebounds in the first quarter tied an all-time best
against Miami for a quarter. New York's Patrick Ewing also grabbed
10 defensive rebounds in a quarter against the Heat in Dec., 1992
Eddie Jones reached the 500th double-figure scoring game of his
career with his 17-point performance against the Spurs. Jones
scored in double figures in 245 games with the Los Angeles Lakers,
93 games with the Charlotte Hornets and now has reached the total
in 162 games with Miami. The Heat scored a season-low 10
first-quarter points against the Spurs.