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Heat beat Spurs without LeBron and Wade thanks to game-winning three from Chris Bosh (VIDEO)

Mar 31, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

The big story before tip-off in San Antonio was the fact that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers would all be held out Sunday night against the Spurs due to various injuries.

By the time the game was over, the Heat had come away with an unexpected 88-86 victory, thanks to the last-second heroics of the one Miami All-Star who did play in this game, Chris Bosh.

With the Heat trailing by one and less than 10 seconds remaining, the Heat rebounded a miss from Tim Duncan in the lane, and advanced the ball up the floor for their final offensive possession.

Bosh trailed the play at the top of the three-point arc, and Ray Allen found him there, as Bosh calmly drained the game-winner from three-point distance.

Bosh ranks ninth on the Heat in three-point field goal percentage, yet had no trouble knocking down this one with the game hanging in the balance.

It’s tough to blame San Antonio for the letdown to a certain extent, given the fact that Miami was without three of its five starters. But should the Spurs face the Heat in the NBA Finals, and if the regular season records of the two teams don’t end up finishing that far apart in the overall standings, San Antonio may look back on this game with regret as they’re forced to open the championship round on the road in Miami against the defending champs.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    BOOM!!!!! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!

    Whether the Heat won or lost this game (ball bounced right tonight), I’m ,very proud of the Heat tonight. Very happy for Chris Bosh. Guess he’s kinda good too.

  2. 13arod - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    bosh was strucking since allstarbreak but is starting to get rolling

    • miamatt - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      strucking indeed

  3. eventhorizon04 - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Great game.

    There’s two possible conclusions to draw from this game:

    1. The Heat would be competitive against the Spurs in the playoffs even without LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

    2. It’s silly to draw conclusions about playoff matchups from regular season games since rotations and strategies change during a 7-game series.

    Choose whichever conclusion makes more sense to you.

    This is directed at all the Spurs fans who sought to argue their narrow loss to the Heat back in November without Manu, Parker, Duncan, and Leonard was “hugely significant!” and was a sign that the Heat were vulnerable to the Spurs.

  4. asublimeday - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Bulls are legit.

    • pantsfreezone - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:41 AM

      No. No, that’s not true.

  5. bifford - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Meh, I doubt the Spurs make it out of the west ever again in the Duncan era.

  6. rickyspanish - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Bosh!

  7. elcapitanfiscal - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Pop vs spolstra in the finals?

    Im down, both teams have experienced allstars, if they meet in the finals it will come down to who is the better coach, which obviously is Pop…

    Can’t wait..thunder still go hard tho, but besides Kevin and russ its a bunch of noobs on the team..
    Martin is ok but nothin special.

  8. rodge1 - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    @Heat Haters

    LOL… What’s your excuse now?…. Go Heat

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      Same sorry, old, lame excuses Laker haters give….nonsence.

  9. 00maltliquor - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Drainin’ game winnin’ trey bombs LIKE A BOSH!

  10. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Nice foul call on Leonard to even make that “game winning” shot possible.

  11. zillabeast - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    That game winning shot was epic. I don’t think Miami will have any trouble securing back-to-back titles.

  12. deavn - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    BOSH SPICE WITH THE GAME WINNER!!!!!

  13. jjones314 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Mr. Wright 212 blames the refs for why Miami won…Stop it bruh. Bosh made the shot. Miami won. End of story. Haters always have to have an excuse.

    No more excuses. If Bosh would’ve missed that shot and Miami lost the game, Mr. Wright 212 would not have made that stupid comment.

    Stfu.

  14. jjones314 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Mr. Wright 212 blames the refs…

    Stop it. Haters always have to have an excuse.

    Stfu.

  15. badintent - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    Bosh looked like he did when he was THE MAN FOR THE RAPS on that shot. Bully, bullly for him

  16. elcapitanfiscal - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Mr. Wright, everyone thinks you are an idiot on the internet, i wonder if people that do know you think the same thing..they probably do.

  17. seattlenative57 - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    San Antonio can’t beat Miami in a seven game series with or without homecourt, and with or without Duncan, Parker and Manu. It just isn’t gonna happen.

  18. lucky5936 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    I can’t wait for David Stern to punish the Heat for holding out its star players. Oh wait, we are talking about Double Standard, David Stern.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      Fine the winning team for not trying its best? I don’t even think Mark Cuban would argue for that,

      • rtfinch - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        no, fine a team for not giving the fans the show it deserves. Who cares that it was a great game, people pay big money to see stars…… at least that was the NBA’s excuse in November. There’s no double standard is there?

      • southbeachtalent - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Resting ALL your star players a MONTH into the season is not the same as what the Heat did. A fine would be ridiculous. Double standard, no. Common Sense, yes.

      • rtfinch - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        That wasn’t the reason for the fine genius, it was because the spurs did not give enough notice before resting their players, I’m guessing two hours before tip off is okay? And you’re conveniently leaving out that the spurs had played three games in four nights, and six in ten days… but I see where you’re going, the facts take away from a good story.

      • miamatt - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        What really differentiates this situation is that the Heat bothered to actually keep up appearances. Chalmers had missed the previous game with an ankle, Wade had already missed two games in the past week with a knee, and James supposedly sat out the 4th quarter against the Hornets because his hamstring was aggravated. The Heat sat them down as injured. Popovich made no bones about the fact he was sitting his guys down due to fatigue.

        Now, do I believe that all three guys would have started for Miami were this the playoffs? You bet. Can I- or the league office- prove those guys aren’t injured? Nope.

        I am sure the fact that TNT, who shelled out big time for the rights to broadcast marquee games, was the network airing the original matchup, also factored into the original fines. And no, I don’t think Pop should have been fined in the first place.

      • rtfinch - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        I agree, I have no problem with what Miami did just like I had no problem with the spurs resting their players. My issue is with David Stern and the NBA front office. You set a standard now you have to follow it.

  19. billsfanaddict - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    [suggestion for title] …thanks to… the foul on norris cole that never was

    watching the Heat can be best compared to Lakers home-games in the late90s – early00s …..the officiating isnt just regularly bad, its so ******* borderline [or worse] criminally offensive that it makes me sick. There are times im watching that I can easily predict bad-calls that are About To Come up b/c momentum has swung against them or a doucheyheatlestar has complained to the zebras. It’s actually pretty easy to do, it happens quite regularly & you can see them coming sometimes possesions in advance.

  20. canehouse - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    It was great to watch Bosh step it up last night… Also great to see Miller getting his stroke back… Can’t wait for the playoffs to get going… this HEAT team is going to be fun to watch when they crank it up.

  21. gmsalpha - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    If the Heat can beat the Spurs without LeBron and Wade….why do they even play the game?

    All anyone can hope for is that the Big 2.5 want max deals and thus, can’t stay together. If they take another round of pay cuts, it’s going to be a few more years of the dominance. I’m not sure that’s a good thing.

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