The Miami Heat were simply no match for the San Antonio Spurs who easily won by a final score of 112-88 on Wednesday.
The Spurs have not lost at home all season long and have the second-best record in the NBA. Miami faced an uphill battle from the start, but did remain in the game for longer than many may have anticipated. Miami trailed by only nine at the half and cut that to as low as seven in the third quarter.
Things would begin to unravel at around the midway point of the third quarter. San Antonio went on a run to extend the lead all the way up to 19 quickly. Miami would take a quick timeout to try and stop the run, but it was to no avail. San Antonio would continue to add to its lead and saw the margin grow to 29.
The loss ended a quick two-game win streak for the Heat and dinged their playoff positioning. Miami is involved in a very tight playoff race in the Eastern Conference with less than two game separating the third and sixth seed. Miami now has 11 games remaining and has yet to clinch a playoff spot. The Heat are now sitting in fifth place in the East following this defeat.
Miami was playing in the second-half of a back-to-back and was also without the services of Luol Deng. The veteran was out of action with a thigh injury which gave Josh McRoberts a rare start. McRoberts looked outmatched at times, and a bit rusty while playing his most minutes in over a month.
Hassan Whiteside had one of his quieter games, but still managed to post another double-double off the bench. The center had 12 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in the loss.
Goran Dragic had a night to forget with only four points while shooting 2-8 from the field. Dragic also turned the ball over six times and seemed off his game the entire night. Without Dragic running the offense effectively, Miami struggled to get anything going often.
The Heat will return home on Friday to host the Orlando Magic at 8 p.m.