The San Antonio Spurs struggled down the stretch as they fell to the Miami Heat 97-94 on Monday night in AmericanAirlines Arena. The Spurs scored just 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Heat overcame a 13-point deficit to win their first game in three preseason contests. The Spurs dropped to 0-2 with the loss.
Gerald Green and Dwyane Wade led the way for Miami in the home victory. Green came off the bench to score 17 points on the strength of a 7 for 7 shooting night from the free-throw line in just 20 minutes while Wade added 16 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor. Tyler Johnson added 14 points on 6 for 11 shooting from the field while Luol Deng managed 11 points. Chris Bosh had a rough shooting night, hitting on just 2 of 7 shots rom the floor, but did register seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan led the way for San Antonio as they fell in their second straight road contest. Aldridge finished with 17 points on 7 for 12 shooting from the floor with eight rebounds while Duncan had 14 points on a perfect 7 for 7 shooting night with six boards and two assists in 19 minutes. Kawhi Leonard added 14 points, but shot just 33 percent from the floor while Manu Ginobili totaled 10 points on 3 for 4 shooting from the floor and 3 for 4 from the charity stripe.
Although San Antonio used 17 players in the loss to the Heat, Jimmer Fredette wasn’t one of them. Most of the players he is competing with for a roster spot/playing time did make an appearance with varying results. Kyle Anderson had three points on 1 for 5 shooting from the floor with three rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block while Patty Mills recorded six points on 3 for 8 shooting, including 0 for 3 from 3-point land to go along with an assist and a rebound in 19 minutes.
Reggie Williams had three points on 1 for 4 shooting (1 for 2 from beyond the arc) with three rebounds while Rasual Butler had one point and one rebound. Jonathon Simmons had four points on the night even though he was 0 for 2 from the floor (he made all four of his free-throws) with two assists and a steal as well as a pair of turnovers while Ray McCallum saw seven minutes of action and came away with two points and a rebound. The only other guard that saw bench time against the Heat was Keifer Sykes who went scoreless in four minutes of action.
Up next for Fredette and the Spurs is their third straight road game to start the preseason as they travel to face the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.