Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/7

Game 1: Wednesday, December 7th
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Spurs98
Game 2: Friday, January 20th
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Heat94

Spurs 101

(31-9, 12-7 away)

Heat 94

(23-17, 12-5 home)

Coverage: KENS

8:00 PM ET, January 20, 2006

AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

1 2 3 4 T
SA 20 29 25 27101
MIA 18 20 28 2894

Top Performers

SA: T. Parker 38 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

Mia: D. Wade 36 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

Parker's career-high 38 lifts Spurs over Heat

MIAMI (AP) -- San Antonio's 15-point lead was gone, Shaquille O'Neal was flexing a bit at midcourt and the Miami Heat thought they were on the cusp of a breakthrough win.

Tony Parker and the Spurs simply wouldn't allow it to happen.

Parker scored a career-high 38 points, including a game-clinching jumper with 38 seconds left as the Spurs rallied to beat the struggling Heat 101-94 on Friday night.

"Big win, big win," Parker said. "It's very motivating to play against Miami. Obviously, it's one of the best teams in the league and we ... wanted to try to play solid basketball. And that's what we did tonight."

The Spurs led by 15 in the third quarter, then had to escape a four-point deficit midway through the fourth to match their best 40-game start (31-9) in franchise history. San Antonio had the same record last year on the way to winning the NBA championship.

Parker hit 13 of 18 shots from the floor and surpassed his previous career best of 35.

"It was surprising how he shot the ball tonight, but he got in a zone there, got his rhythm down, came off and was real confident with his shot," said Tim Duncan, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs. "He had an unbelievable night and he's had an unbelievable year."

Dwyane Wade scored 36 points for Miami (23-17), which played at home for the first time since Jan. 1. O'Neal had 23 points and Jason Williams added 18 for Miami, which has lost eight of its last nine against San Antonio.

The Heat have six fewer wins at this point than they did last season -- a disappointing stat for a team that professes to have title aspirations.

"Tough loss, because this is another one of, I think, nine or 10 games we let slip away this year," O'Neal said. "We're going to need these games. And coach (Pat) Riley was right when he said we need to start making a push now. Not tomorrow. Not yesterday. Now."

After Wade missed a layup that would have tied it with 1:20 left, he fell to the floor in pain and had to be helped up by a member of a television crew.

He grimaced as he ran downcourt, hobbled by a tweaked ankle -- and the Spurs found an unguarded Brent Barry for an open 3-pointer with 1:09 left for a 95-90 lead.

"Brent hit the big one to sort of put the nail in the coffin," Riley said.

Manu Ginobili's 3-pointer with 9:31 left in the third quarter gave the Spurs a 58-43 lead, but he left the game 32 seconds later after spraining his right ankle. Ginobili missed 10 games in December with the same sprained ankle and a sprained right foot.

"It's tough for him," Duncan said. "He just got back to the point where he was feeling pretty close to 100 percent."

Immediately after Ginobili was carried off the floor by teammates, Miami -- fueled by seven points from O'Neal -- got back into the game with an 11-0 run. Yet the Heat quickly cooled, and Parker had nine points in the final 4:11 of the quarter to push San Antonio's lead to 74-66.

But the first 6 minutes of the final period were all Miami, with the Heat opening the quarter on a 16-4 run to take an 82-78 lead with 6:12 left. From there, though, the Spurs closed the game on a 23-12 run, with Parker getting seven points in the game-ending spurt.

"Good basketball teams have to do that if you want to be standing at the end of the year," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "You have to play through that sort of thing. There are several teams in the league capable of doing that. Hopefully, we're one of them."

San Antonio led for only 21 seconds in the opening quarter, yet had a 20-18 edge at the end of the period.

Miami had nine turnovers in the quarter, leading to 12 Spurs points -- the last coming when Parker stole a bad inbounds pass by James Posey, went to the right corner and hit a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining.

The Spurs kept the lead for most of the second quarter, and used a 17-3 run over a 4:20 stretch late in the period to help stake them to a 49-38 halftime edge. Parker had nine points in that burst, part of a 5-minute stretch where the Heat didn't manage a single field goal and gave up eight points off four turnovers.

Miami yielded 22 points off 14 first-half turnovers, then had only one turnover after halftime.

"They made plays down the stretch to win the game," Wade said. "We move on. ... We played good enough to win. We just didn't."

Game notes


The Spurs are 27-1 when shooting better than 45 percent. They shot 49 percent Friday. ... Spurs F Robert Horry missed his second straight game with a lower abdominal strain. ... It was Miami's ninth game in a span of 12 straight against Western Conference foes. The Heat haven't played an East team since beating Washington on Dec. 30; they visit Charlotte next Friday.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SA
MIA
Points 101 94
FGM-FGA 34-69 (.493) 38-78 (.487)
3PM-3PA 8-18 (.444) 3-11 (.273)
FTM-FTA 25-43 (.581) 15-25 (.600)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-38 7-37
Assists 15 11
Turnovers 14 15
Steals 6 6
Blocks 7 4
Fast Break Points 9 13
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 28 (2/0)
Largest Lead 15 5

Top Performers

San Antonio
Miami
Tony Parker Parker
Points: 38
Reb: 4
Ast: 5
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Dwyane Wade Wade
Points: 36
Reb: 4
Ast: 1
Stl: 3
Blk: 0