The members of the Miami Heat were a frustrated bunch Tuesday night, when the game they were hosting against the San Antonio Spurs reached the half. The club had completed their five game road trip with three straight losses; and they trailed their opponents by 14 points as they entered their locker room. Something or transformed the team during the intermission, because the squad that returned to the hardwood in the third quarter displayed an intensity that was nowhere to be found during the first 24 minutes of action.
Miami shot a scorching 58.2% (46-79) from the floor and an amazing 61.5% (16-26) for the game; as they blew away their guests by a final tally of 120-98. The Heat would explode in the third and fourth quarters and shut down San Antonio completely during the third period. The team played without All-Star guard Dwyane Wade, however Mike Miller returned from the injured list and scored 18 points coming off the bench. LeBron James racked up a double-double with 33 points while Chris Bosh knocked down another 30 points in the victory.
The Spurs are still playing without Manu Ginobili who is recovering from surgery on his left hand and got very little production out of Tim Duncan who scored just 8 points and Richard Jefferson who did not score a point in his 23 minutes on the floor. Guard Daniel Green came off the bench to lead the team with 20 points while Tony Parker scored 18 points in the loss.
San Antonio looked like they were ready to blow out their hosts in the first as they go up by double-digits with less than two minutes to play. Green drained a 25 foot trey at the buzzer and his team held the upper hand at 35-26 at the end of the period. Parker hit a mid-range jumper with 7:03 left in the second putting the Spurs on top 41-31. They would maintain that double-digit advantage for the rest of the quarter. Green buried a 39 foot prayer at the buzzer and as the game reached the half San Antonio led 63-49.
Miami came out in the third and proceeded to decimate their opponents; opening the period on a 29-5 run. The Spurs reacted the only way one could when they have been run over by a truck, dazed and confused. The Heat would start out the quarter trailing by 14 points and concluded it by leading by 13 points with the score 88-75. San Antonio never came close to recovering in the final quarter and Miami would end their losing streak in grand style.
James scored 33 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds while Bosh had 30 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Miller added 18 points while Mario Chalmers chipped in 13 points in the victory.
Green came off the bench with 20 points and 2 rebounds while Parker had 18 points, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 rebounds. DeJuan Blair added 13 points for the night while Kawhi Leonard and Gary Neal each scored 12 points in the loss. Miami improves to 9-4 and will host the Lakers on Thursday while San Antonio has a record of 9-5 and head to Orlando to take on the Magic on Wednesday.