Sunday, October 21, 2012

Heat Top Spurs 104-101 With LeBron Given Day Off

"Exhibition games never are about the sum. Not when you have moments like Saturday's 104-101 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at AmericanAirlines Arena when LeBron James is given the day off.

No, they are about the parts.

Saturday, many of the parts were moving quite nicely.

Dwyane Wade showed early that Erik Spoelstra can afford to give James the occasional night off this season, with 11 first-quarter points before stepping aside in a 13-point, 26-minute performance.

Rashard Lewis stepped forward with his best performance with the Heat, scoring both at the rim and from distance in a 15-point effort in 20 minutes off the bench, adding three rebounds and four steals.

And Mike Miller? Well, his parts stayed in place long enough to convert all four of his second-quarter 3-point attempts, reducing concern about Ray Allen's 3-point stroke yet to follow the veteran guard from Boston. Miller finished 4 of 5 on 3-pointers for 12 points, on an afternoon Allen was 2 of 8 from the field.

"That's the thing about this team that's exciting," Wade said. "It's good to know you can go to different lineups and you can have different people you can count on.""

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