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Heat can’t handle Spurs’ frontcourt in first home defeat of season

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on loss to Spurs

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra talked about the problems the Spurs created for his team in a 117-100 loss on Wednesday.
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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra talked about the problems the Spurs created for his team in a 117-100 loss on Wednesday.

For over a decade the San Antonio Spurs have been one of the best at adjusting to setbacks and not following the trend.

The Spurs gave the Heat a demonstration of both on Wednesday night.

Despite playing without injured All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard and guard Tony Parker, the Heat (without Hassan Whiteside) couldn’t handle LaMarcus Aldridge and San Antonio’s frontcourt in a 117-100 loss at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Aldridge led the Spurs with 31 points on 12 of 18 shooting and the Spurs outrebounded the Heat 45-32.

The Spurs shot 55.3 percent to the Heat’s 45.7 percent.

The Heat (2-2), who lost its eighth consecutive regular season meeting with the Spurs (4-0) matched them 44-44 in points in the paint, but that was only after being outscored in that category 40-28 over the first three quarters.

Whiteside missed his third consecutive game with a bone bruise in his left knee.

Rookie Bam Adebayo made his first career NBA start in an attempt to counter the Spurs’ tall frontcourt of the 6-11 Aldridge, 7-foot Pau Gasol and 6-9 Kyle Anderson.

Adebayo played 20 minutes and scored four points on two alley-oop buckets and finished with eight rebounds and a block.

Tyler Johnson led the Heat with 23 points off the bench, James Johnson had 21 and Goran Dragic had 20.

Dion Waiters started despite a sore left ankle and scored 17 points.

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