NBA Game Recap - San Antonio at Miami
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:30 PM EST

BKN
106
PHI
117
F
DET
116
BOS
103
F
SA
100
MIA
106
F
TOR
130
OKC
121
F
IND
104
MIN
99
F
WAS
106
CHI
115
F
CHA
86
DEN
100
F
POR
117
HOU
107
F
DAL
127
SAC
123
F
ORL
119
LAL
118
F

Miami 106, San Antonio 100

Jan 15, 2020, 7:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

San Antonio (17-22)

17

34

26

23

100

Miami (28-12)

24

27

24

31

106

Nunn scores 33, Heat 18-1 at home after edging Spurs 106-100
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:59 PM

MIAMI (AP) Kendrick Nunn was the last Miami player off the court at halftime, required to hang out for an extra minute or two in order to pick up his second Eastern Conference rookie of the month trophy.

"Hopefully, I get some more," Nunn said.

He's well on his way.

Nunn scored 33 points on 13-for-18 shooting, Goran Dragic added 17 points and the Heat held on to beat the San Antonio Spurs 106-100 Wednesday night and move back into the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference.

"He was able to get into a great rhythm," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Nunn, who was 8 for 8 in the first half.

Bam Adebayo - cut from USA Basketball's national team by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich over the summer - had 14 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Heat. Miami improved to 18-1 at home, one win shy of matching last season's home win total.

"Now that you see him during the season, I've shaken my head several times," Popovich said of Adebayo, a serious All-Star contender this season. "That's not the guy that we saw during the tryout. Maybe that was my fault. Maybe I should have done it differently so his skills could come out."

Jimmy Butler scored 12 and Duncan Robinson added 11 for Miami.

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points on 12-of-14 shooting for San Antonio, while Patty Mills added 21 for the Spurs. San Antonio had won three of its last four games, all those wins coming against top Eastern Conference teams Milwaukee, Boston and Toronto. But the Spurs missed 11 of their first 12 shots to start the fourth quarter and lost the lead for good during that drought.

"We're going to be fine," DeRozan said. "It (stinks) right now. It's right there. There's a lot of basketball to be played. We're trending in the right direction. We're playing well against great teams, have beaten some great teams and that does a lot for our confidence and knowing how much time is left."

The Spurs were 10 for 33 from 3-point range, while Miami was 17 for 40.

"It's tough. It's hard to win when we shoot that bad from the 3," Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge said.

Butler's 3-pointer with 5:24 left capped what was a 20-5 run going back to the third quarter - and was maybe a most unlikely salvo. Butler hadn't made a 3 since Dec. 20, going 0 for 7 in his last nine games before Wednesday.

Consecutive baskets by Nunn pushed the lead to 94-83 with 3:42 left, but the Spurs came right back. Mills made a 3-pointer, DeRozan followed with a three-point play on the next possession and just like that the Heat lead was down to five with 3:04 remaining.

Mills had a good look at a 3 that would have put San Antonio within three with 1:16 left, but Butler blocked it and Miami held on from there.

TIP-INS

Spurs: This is the first season since 1996-97 that San Antonio will have a losing record at the midway mark. The Spurs were 11-30 halfway through that season, which not coincidentally was also the last one in which they missed the playoffs. ... Excluding a preseason game between the clubs this past fall, San Antonio assistant Tim Duncan was part of a Spurs at Heat game for the first time since March 31, 2015.

Heat: Tyler Herro (bruised knee) couldn't play, though the Heat expect him back shortly. ... This was Miami's only home game in a 15-day span, sandwiched around last week's three-game road trip and a two-game swing that starts Friday. After that, the Heat have a five-game, nine-day homestand. ... Florida Panthers career scoring leader Jonathan Huberdeau and country star Luke Combs were in the crowd.

TWO-WAY WONDERS

The Heat converted Chris Silva's two-way contract to a standard one - guaranteed for next season with a team option for 2021-22. Silva becomes the third player on this Heat roster to start as a two-way signee, the others being Robinson and Derrick Jones Jr.

RESPECT

There has long been respect between the Heat and Spurs, born in part from their NBA Finals matchups in 2013 and 2014. Popovich has often praised Spoelstra, and did so again Wednesday. "He has high standards and he makes people accountable. ... That's something that's in the water here," Popovich said. Popovich exchanged greetings with Spoelstra and Heat assistant Dan Craig, a former USA Basketball assistant for Popovich, after the game.

UP NEXT

Spurs: Host Atlanta on Friday.

Heat: Visit Oklahoma City on Friday.

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Leaders

San Antonio PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Belinelli 0 -7 1 1 0 0
D. DeRozan 30 3 7 5 2 0
Miami PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Olynyk 0 -2 3 3 0 0
K. Nunn 33 -5 4 3 2 0

Team Comparison

SA MIA
Points For 100 106
Field Goals 39/89-44% 41/88-47%
Three Pointers 10/33-30% 17/40-42%
Free Throws 12/15-80% 7/13-54%
Offensive Rebounds 6 8
Defensive Rebounds 35 41
Rebounds 46 60
Blocks 4 5
Steals 8 4
Turnovers 8 9
Points Scored Off Turnovers 10 13
Points in the Paint 44 32
Fast Break Points 10 5
Personal Fouls 17 14
Technical Fouls 0 1
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - MIA Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 15 SA 100 @ MIA 106 J. Poeltl 2 J. Johnson 5

Game Information

Stadium: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 19,704
Game Time: 2:08