Miami Heat Defeat San Antonio Spurs With Barrage of Jumpers
When the jump shot is falling, there is nothing to worry about. That was most definitely the case last night, when Chris Bosh put the nail in the coffin with his game-winning 3-point shot with only seconds remaining in the game.
Erik Spoelstra decided to rest LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers with minor injuries against the San Antonio Spurs. With the three players out, there was no doubt that the Miami Heat would not hesitate to let the ball fly. The fact that the NBA champions would resort to their shooters was evident from the very beginning of the game. The first nine shots that the team took were all jump shots.
Even though the Heat jumped out to an early lead, there was no way the team would escape with an easy victory. When you mainly rely on your shooting to carry your offense, it is inevitable that you will hit a little slump sometime during the game. But the Heat kept the game close and their shots continued to find the bottom of the net.
Over 28 percent of Miami’s offense last night came from spot-up situations, and the sharp-shooters produced, knocking down the 3-point shot with 42.9 percent accuracy.
Mike Miller proved that he still deserves a role in the rotation, as he can do serious damage from beyond the arc. He did not play in the fourth quarter, but went 4-6 from the 3-point line in 24 minutes of action.
On the flip side, Miami was lucky that their opponents went cold from range as the Spurs collectively hit just seven of their 24 attempts from deep. While it was a pleasure to watch the Heat hand the Spurs a loss on their home floor, there is no doubt that the win was somewhat of a fluke. Miami got out-rebounded by 49-33 and the Spurs shot just 56.3 percent from the free throw line.
Regardless of how the Heat got the win yesterday, it was an uplifting experience to see the reserves stepping up.
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis