Facing Miami had the San Antonio Spurs playing like champions again. It left the Heat feeling awestruck once more.
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is sitting out Friday night against the San Antonio Spurs with a sprained right ankle.
While a lot has changed for the Miami Heat since losing Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs have started to play more like the club that dethroned them now that they’re at full strength.
Rookie Shabazz Napier had 25 points, including four free throws in the final minute, and Miami held on for a 111-108 overtime victory over San Antonio on Saturday night in the teams’ first meeting since the Spurs routed the Heat in the NBA Finals.
Several collectors participated in an online auction for the Game 1 jerseys worn by Heat and Spurs players. The jersey worn by James drew the most attention, with the winning bidder spending $50,020 to take home the historical piece from NBA Auctions.
Tim Duncan conducted his postgame interview flanked by his two children. Someday soon he may decide that they, and not Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, will be his full-time running mates.
The San Antonio Spurs rebounded from a dismal start to take a 47-40 lead at halftime of Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, leaving them two quarters from a fifth championship.
If the polling for NBA Finals MVP was being done before Game 5, no one from the star San Antonio trio of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili would have led the balloting.
The Miami Heat travel to San Antonio hoping to bring the series back to Miami.
The Spurs are old. Tim Duncan is 38, Manu Ginobili is 36, Tony Parker is the youngster in San Antonio’s star trio at 32.