San Antonio at Miami

Spurs 104, Heat 87

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MIAMI -- When the Miami Heat return to the practice floor sometime Thursday, they'll have two simple tasks.

Forget about October.

Get ready for November.

Manu Ginobili scored 22 points on 6-for-7 shooting, and the San Antonio Spurs sealed a dismal exhibition season for the Heat with a 104-87 victory Tuesday night.

Miami finished the preseason winless (0-7) for the first time in the team's 20-year history.

"You put it all in perspective," Heat forward Udonis Haslem said. "Even though we're 0-7, it's not the end of the world. We've got a couple days to get ready for the first game and I think it's very crucial we get off to a good start."

Michael Finley scored 14 points, Matt Bonner had 13 and Tim Duncan finished with 11 rebounds for the Spurs (3-1), who won a meaningless matchup of the past two NBA champions.

Heat center Shaquille O'Neal scored 17 points and didn't play after halftime, in part because he tweaked a bruised left thigh that has nagged him throughout the preseason. Rookie guard Daequan Cook added 16 points and seven rebounds for Miami, which is off until its regular-season opener at home Nov. 1 against Detroit.

"Ready or not, here we come," Heat coach Pat Riley said.

O'Neal had 14 points in the first 8½ minutes. Chris Quinn scored 11 points and made all three of his 3-point tries, Alonzo Mourning had 10 on 5-for-5 shooting and Penny Hardaway added 10 for the Heat.

Dorell Wright, trying to win a starting spot, went 0-for-7 in 27 minutes for Miami.

The Spurs went 11-for-24 from 3-point range, outrebounded Miami 40-29 and outscored the Heat 29-11 at the foul line.

Preseason records are hardly an accurate barometer of how the season will go. Cleveland was 1-6 last year before reaching the NBA finals, and the Spurs were 2-7 in the exhibition campaign two seasons ago and wound up winning 63 regular-season games.

"The thing that everyone looks for in the preseason is if guys are learning and if guys are understanding the system," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "The preseason is to show you what you have to work on and as long as there are things that you have to work on ... it just means that you can get better."

Miami can only hope it finds a way to forget its dismal October.

O'Neal was a bright spot, using jump hooks, putbacks and dunks to control the game early. With him on the floor, Miami took a 23-18 lead. Once O'Neal went to the bench, San Antonio immediately used a 20-8 run to take the lead, and the Spurs kept the cushion the rest of the way.

Cook had a three-point play to draw Miami within 74-68 with two minutes left in the third, but it was all San Antonio from there. Ginobili hit a 3-pointer to immediately restore a nine-point lead, and the Spurs pulled away to go up by 20 midway through the fourth.

Miami point guard Jason Williams was ejected with 2:45 left in the second quarter after getting two technicals for arguing a foul call.

Notes

  • Antoine Walker did not play for the second straight preseason game. "I know what he can do," Riley said. Miami G Smush Parker was also held out.
  • Robert Horry (personal business) was out again for San Antonio, which still has two exhibitions left.
  • F Bruce Bowen, who'd logged only 25 preseason minutes entering Tuesday, started and played 18 minutes.
  • O'Neal halfheartedly picked Colorado to win the World Series over Boston. Reason? "Because it's cold and they have altitude advantages."
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