Spurs surge late to polish off Heat
MIAMI – Within seven points early in the fourth quarter, the Miami Heat had reason to believe it could knock off the San Antonio Spurs. Those hopes were dashed in a mere 16 seconds.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points, Kawhi Leonard added 23 and the Spurs got seven points on one possession (foul on made three-pointer, then a flagrant foul on the made free throw) to help them beat the Heat 119-101 on Tuesday night — the sixth consecutive time San Antonio has topped Miami, going back to the 2014 NBA Finals.
"You saw what we felt," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "The Spurs were terrific in that second half. Right now, that's a different level of basketball from where we are, right now, today. But that doesn't mean it can't change when we get back from the [All-Star] break."
Dwyane Wade scored 20 points on 9-for-12 shooting for Miami.
•GASOL, BUTLER GONE: Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is out indefinitely because of a broken bone in his right foot. The 7-1 Gasol is averaging 16.6 points and 7.0 rebounds this season. … Bulls guard Jimmy Butler will miss three to four weeks following an examination of his strained knee.
•ALL THAT JAZZ: Gordon Hayward hit a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer in overtime and the visiting Jazz extended their season-best winning streak to seven with a 121-119 victory over the Mavs.
•SPOILED DEBUT: John Wall had 28 points and 17 assists, Bradley Beal scored 26, and the Wizards beat the Knicks 111-108 in New York's first game under Kurt Rambis.
•SOCKED IN THE WALLET: Blake Griffin was suspended four games without pay for punching a team staff member, and the Los Angeles Clippers will dock the star forward's pay for an additional game because he broke his shooting hand.