With four of their best players not even with the team, the San Antonio Spurs hung with the Miami Heat all night on Thursday. Eventually, however, the Heat pulled away in the final minute and claimed the team's 11th win of the season, 105-100.
Playing their sixth road game in nine days, and their fourth game this week, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sent Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Danny Green home with Stephen Jackson and Kawhi Leonard already unavailable because of injury.
In their place, the Spurs used a team effort -- five players scored in double figures -- led by Matt Bonner (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Tiago Splitter (19 points, nine rebounds) to more than hang around. The Spurs held leads throughout the night, including well in to the final period, with help from Gary Neal, who scored a team-high 20 off of the bench.
LeBron James, who finished with 23 points and nine rebounds, and Chris Bosh, who contributed 18 points and 12 rebounds, helped Miami keep pace with the ragtag Spurs, but it was Ray Allen's three with less than 24 seconds left that gave the Heat a two-point lead they would not relinquish. Allen finished with 20 points off the bench.