Tim Duncan scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 111-87 victory over the Miami Heat in a rematch of the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas Thursday night.
Tony Parker added 17 points and four assists, Boris Diaw had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Kawhi Leonard chipped in 11 points.
The Spurs never trailed.
The Spurs hit 15 of their 19 first quarter shots and raced out to a 37-22 lead by the end of the quarter. The Heat bounced back in the second quarter, getting a 16-point lead down to eight in just one minute before Boris Diaw’s buzzer beat pushed the lead back to 11.
The Heat rallied late in the third quarter as well, cutting the lead to 79-74, but Patty Mills’ three-pointer with 27 seconds left in the period gave the momentum back to the Spurs.
The Heat had a disaster of a fourth quarter, turning the ball 10 times, allowing the Spurs to cruise to victory.
Chris Bosh led the Heat with 24 points and 11 rebounds, LeBron James had 19 points (on six-of-18 shooting), eight rebounds and seven assists and Dwyane Wade scored 16 points and dished out seven assists.
The wins improves the Spurs to 45-16 while the Heat fall to 43-16.