The Miami Heat, led by shooting guard Dwayne Wade, used a strong first quarter to trounce the San Antonio Spurs Saturday night, in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals, by a final score of 121-96.
Wade led all scorers with 25 points to go along with seven assists and four rebounds, in his return to the floor. Chris Bosh added 17 points in the winning effort, but managed just one rebounds, a disappointing sign for Miami, who will rely heavily on his inside play this season in hopes of a three-peat.
James Jones was a surprise for Miami, tacking on 18 points and four rebounds. He, along with Wade, contributed to a 56.8 percent field goal percentage, which far outdid the Spurs 41.1 percent.
San Antonio did, however, shoot a sterling 25-for-27 from the free throw line, which equates to 92.6 percent. Kawhi Leonard led all Spurs scorers with 17 points. Manu Ginobli added 13 points and four assists while longtime big man Tim Duncan tallied nine points and five boards in the losing effort.