The Miami Heat are coming fresh off of a 123-95 blowout loss that was handed to them by the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors. They will look to bounce back from that as they take on the San Antonio Spurs in the AT&T Center. This game will mark the second and final time that these two teams play each other this season. The Spurs, who are coming off of a tight 96 to 93 win against the Pistons, defeated the Miami Heat on October 25 with a 117 to 100 score. In that game, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 31 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished off one assist, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot. Tyler Johnson finished with 23 points, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.
Rodney McGruder (leg)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Hassan Whiteside (knee; 14.9 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 58.1 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
San Antonio Spurs:
Kyle Anderson (knee; 8.9 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 51.3 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps)
The first half of the game was a very competitive one as the Heat shot fifty-eight percent from the field while the Spurs shot fifty-one percent. Tyler Johnson played the most minutes off of the Miami bench as he would score eleven points with one three-pointer in the first quarter. Josh Richardson had ten points to go along with his one offensive rebound and two assists. Dion Waiters contributed with ten points, as well, along with four assists.
As for the Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge posted up ten points while grabbing two offensive rebounds. Bryn Forbes helped out with eight points on seventy-five percent shooting from the field. Patty Mills played 13 minutes off of the bench as he recorded five points but it was the Heat who went into halftime with a slight 58-57 advantage.
The home team would start to pull away as the Spurs outscored the Florida team in the second half, 60-47. Rudy Gay chalked up nine points during that run while shooting forty-three percent from the field. Aldridge earned himself eight points with two offensive rebounds. Forbes played 17 minutes off of the bench as he knocked down three 3-pointers to receive nine points.
On the other end of the court, Tyler Johnson would score 14 points off of the bench while grabbing two rebounds and dishing off one assist. Waiters would contribute with 12 points with two three-pointers in the third quarter. Kelly Olynyk had one three-pointer and five rebounds but it was the San Antonio Spurs who escaped with a 117-105 win. LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with 18 points, 4 rebounds, and one block. Tyler Johnson ended up with a season-high 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.
The Miami Heat will head to New York to take on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (14.1 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.0 APG, 48 FG%) and the Brooklyn Nets (9-14) on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. This will mark the first of four matchups between these two teams. They have battled each other a total of 129 times with the Heat winning 81 games while the Nets ended up winning 48 of the games.
The San Antonio Spurs will host Kyrie Irving (23.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 5.0 APG, 49 FG%) and the Boston Celtics (21-4) at the AT&T Center on Friday at 9:30 p.m. This game will mark the second and final time that these two teams play each other this season. The Celtics and the Spurs have met up a total of 92 times as the Celtics won 41 games while the Spurs won 51 games. The last time that they played each other was on October 30 when the Celtics handed the Spurs a 108 to 94 loss. During that game, Kyrie Irving scored 24 points, pulled down 2 rebounds, gave out 6 assists, committed 3 steals, and blocked one shot. Brandon Paul finished with 18 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.