MIAMI, FL (Sporting Alert) — Ray Allen hit a go ahead bucket deep into the dying seconds and then the Miami Heat finished off things at the free throw line in their challenging 105-100 victory over the short-handed San Antonio Spurs here on Thursday night.
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With the Spurs playing their fourth game in five nights, coach Gregg Popovich decided to rest several of his players, including Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker for the game.
In fact, the veteran coach sent his players back home on a commercial flight.
He was unaware of what the league had planned for him, but wouldn’t comment on his feelings.
“I would never react to something I never heard or read,” Popovich said after hearing about the league’s decision to sanction his club for the making the move to rest his older players.
The short-headed Spurs did battle with the Heat throughout the entire game and had the lead until Allen, found by LeBron James wide open, buried a 3-pointer 22.6 second left to give his team a 100-98 lead.
Miami then took care of the rest from the charity line to win the game and go seven straight at home.
James scored 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and Allen finished with 20 points off the bench for the Heat.
Dwyane Wade contributed 19 and Chris Bosh added 18 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.
Tiago Splitter finished with 18 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who also had 10 points and 10 and rebounds from Matt Bonner.
Gary Neal scored 20 points and dished seven assists off the bench and Nando de Colo added 15 points for San Antonio, who had its five-game winning streak snapped.