The Miami Heat faced a 14-point halftime deficit after being down as much as 17 points in the second quarter. Second-leading scorer Dwyane Wade was out with a sprained ankle and the Spurs shot 57 percent from the floor and 46 percent from three-point range in the first half.
So the Heat turned up the defense in the second half. The Spurs scored 30 of their 63 first-half points in the paint, attempting nearly one-third of their field goals at the rim.
Miami Heat Tuesday By Half
After halftime, Miami kept San Antonio out of the lane, forced turnovers and created transition opportunities at the other end, scoring 25 points off of just 12 Spurs turnovers.
It wasn’t all defense though; the Heat’s 71 points in the second half are the most any team has scored in a half this season.
LeBron James outscored the Spurs 17-12 by himself in the third quarter, his second-highest scoring quarter this season.
James went 4-for-6 from three-point range -- he was just 3-for-10 all season from long distance entering the game. Chris Bosh chipped in 30 points, his second 30-point game of the season.
Heat Check - 2nd Half Tuesday
The big offensive story for Miami was Mike Miller, playing in his first game of the season. Miller didn’t take a shot in five first-half minutes, but went 6-for-6 in the second half -- all from three-point range.
The trio of James, Bosh and Miller outscored the Spurs by 12 in the second half, combining for 47 points on 19-for-24 shooting, 9-for-11 from behind the three-point line.
Led by Miller’s long-range shooting display, the Heat had their best shooting performance in a game since James and Bosh joined the team last season. Miami’s effective field-goal percentage, which takes into account the value added by a three-pointer, was 68.4. That’s not only Miami’s best since last season but the highest by any team in a game this season.
The Spurs fell to 0-5 on the road this season, scoring eight points fewer per game away from home than in San Antonio. The Milwaukee Bucks and the Washington Wizards -- a combined 16 games under .500 this season -- are the only other teams that are also winless on the road.
Clipped Again in Utah
Speaking of struggling on the road, the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 108-79 Tuesday in Utah. It's the Clippers' 16th consecutive loss in Utah, and they are just 1-42 on the road against the Jazz since the start of the 1989-90 season.
Only the Bucks, who are 0-22 against the Suns in Phoenix, have a worse road record against one opponent over that span, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.