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Aldridge helps balanced Spurs top Heat 117-105

SAN ANTONIO (AP) It was quite an offensive performance for the rolling San Antonio Spurs.

And coach Gregg Popovich pointed out, it also was just one game.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points and San Antonio recorded 30 assists in a 117-105 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

''That's always wonderful,'' Popovich said of the balanced attack for the Spurs. ''And then when you sit down and when you start feeling good about it, you realize that Golden State does that every night. Ok, we've got a ways to go, don't get too excited, but it is great to see.''

The Warriors are tied with the Houston Rockets for the Western Conference's best record, but the Spurs are only 2 1/2 games back despite the season-long absence of All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard.

With Leonard's return looming from a right quadriceps injury, Aldridge led the Spurs in scoring for the 20th time in 25 games.

While Aldridge has been the team's primary offensive threat in place of Leonard, San Antonio has carved out a 17-8 record by taking advantage of its depth.

''It comes from everybody being willing to make a pass for us to be successful,'' said veteran Rudy Gay, who signed with the Spurs in the offseason. ''We have to find the open man and pass up a good shot for a great shot. We've been doing that well these past few games. I think that's one of the great things about this system, everybody is playing for each other and it ends up in the win column. That's part of the reason I came here.''

The Spurs shot 52.9 percent from the field and had seven players score in double figures. Bryn Forbes had 17 points, and Gay finished with 16 in San Antonio's sixth win in seven games.

Tyler Johnson led Miami with 25 points, and Dion Waiters had 22.

San Antonio got off to a slow start defensively, just like it did in its comeback victory against Detroit on Monday night. Miami shot 58 percent in the first half, including going 9 for 18 on 3-pointers.

''It was a little bit surprising that we were able to score 35 in the first quarter,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''We moved the ball, knocked down some open 3s, that always helps, and then they started to get the game a little bit more to their liking.''

San Antonio forced 11 turnovers and outscored Miami 60-47 in the second half.

The Spurs' reserves stepped up again, just as they have done all season. Forbes made three 3s in the third quarter, helping San Antonio to an 86-82 lead heading into the final period after they trailed by four at halftime.

TIP-INS

Heat: Starting center Hassan Whiteside missed his fourth straight game with a bruised left knee bone. ... Spoelstra has 451 career victories, three shy of tying Pat Riley for the most in franchise history. ... The Heat have not beaten the Spurs since Jan. 26, 2014, in Miami. Miami is 18-42 all-time against San Antonio in the regular season.

Spurs: Forbes made a career-high five 3-pointers. He became the fourth undrafted player to make at least five 3-pointers in a game for the Spurs, joining Bruce Bowen, Gary Neal and Jaren Jackson. ... The Spurs have made a 3-pointer in 1,000 straight games dating to April 9, 2005, the fourth-longest streak in league history. Dallas holds the record with 1,108 straight games with a 3 from 1999-2012. ... Aldridge has 197 blocks, passing Tiago Splitter for 23rd in franchise history.

UP NEXT

Heat: Play Brooklyn on Saturday night in Mexico City in their first game played outside the United States or Canada in franchise history.

Spurs: Host Boston on Friday night in the finale of a three-game homestand.

ON-THE-JOB TRAINING

Gay is still getting acclimated to the Spurs' offense, which has led Popovich to simplify his play-calling when the 12-year veteran is on the court.

''He's just playing basketball,'' Popovich said. ''Every once in a while he knows the play, but we stayed in just basically a little bit of motion for a lot of the game when he was out there so he can just play basketball. Because he's a good player, he doesn't need me to coach him on how to score, he does that well.''

Gay is leaning on his teammates to make sure he is in the right place on the court as he grows accustomed to San Antonio after leaving Sacramento as a free agent.

''It's great. I'm asking questions all game and I guess it's forcing me to talk so I can't be wrong,'' Gay said. ''It's a good place to be in. They just have to be on their Ps and Qs, because if they're wrong, I'm telling Pop.''

FEELING FINE

Ginobili had 10 points in 25 minutes. He left briefly after bumping knees with a defender, but returned shortly after going to the back.

''One of those that hurt right there in the moment,'' Ginobili said. ''It's going to hurt tonight and tomorrow a little bit, but it's nothing serious so, it should be OK tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow.''

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Key Players
G. Dragic
7 G
L. Aldridge
12 F
33.3 Min. Per Game 33.3
22.8 Pts. Per Game 22.8
2.3 Ast. Per Game 2.3
8.2 Reb. Per Game 8.2
45.2 Field Goal % 50.4
45.5 Three Point % 50.6
79.5 Free Throw % 84.7
  Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay 0:22
  Dion Waiters missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:26
  Defensive rebound by Josh Richardson 0:36
  Rudy Gay missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:39
  Bad pass turnover on James Johnson, stolen by Rudy Gay 0:55
  Bad pass turnover on Rudy Gay, stolen by Kelly Olynyk 1:01
  Lost ball turnover on Dion Waiters, stolen by Rudy Gay 1:10
+ 2 LaMarcus Aldridge made finger-roll layup, assist by Patty Mills 1:21
+ 2 Dion Waiters made jump shot 1:34
+ 1 LaMarcus Aldridge made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:46
+ 1 LaMarcus Aldridge made 1st of 2 free throws 1:46
Team Stats
Points 105 117
Field Goals 39-72 (54.2%) 46-87 (52.9%)
3-Pointers 18-34 (52.9%) 13-25 (52.0%)
Free Throws 9-12 (75.0%) 12-14 (85.7%)
Total Rebounds 37 42
Offensive 6 10
Defensive 23 24
Team 8 8
Assists 28 30
Steals 7 6
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 18 11
Fouls 16 13
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
D. Waiters G 11
22 PTS, 1 REB, 5 AST
home team logo
T. Parker G 9
10 PTS, 3 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Heat 11-13 35232423105
home team logo Spurs 17-827302931117
Team Stats
away team logoHeat 11-13 100.3 PPG 41.1 RPG 20.9 APG
home team logoSpurs 17-8 101.1 PPG 44.8 RPG 22.8 APG
Key Players
T. Johnson G 10.8 PPG 3.2 RPG 2.0 APG 40.6 FG%
L. Aldridge F 22.7 PPG 8.3 RPG 2.1 APG 49.6 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Johnson G 25 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
L. Aldridge F 18 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
54.2 FG% 52.9
52.9 3PT FG% 52.0
75.0 FT% 85.7
Heat
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Waiters 34 22 1 5 0 1 2 2 8/12 4/6 2/2 0 1 32 +10
J. Richardson 31 19 2 2 0 0 2 3 7/10 3/6 2/2 1 1 23 +6
J. Johnson 23 9 3 6 0 0 4 4 3/6 2/2 1/2 1 2 20 -3
G. Dragic 28 8 4 6 1 0 3 0 3/11 0/2 2/2 0 4 22 -26
K. Olynyk 32 5 8 4 3 1 2 4 2/3 1/1 0/0 0 8 23 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Waiters 34 22 1 5 0 1 2 2 8/12 4/6 2/2 0 1 32 +10
J. Richardson 31 19 2 2 0 0 2 3 7/10 3/6 2/2 1 1 23 +6
J. Johnson 23 9 3 6 0 0 4 4 3/6 2/2 1/2 1 2 20 -3
G. Dragic 28 8 4 6 1 0 3 0 3/11 0/2 2/2 0 4 22 -26
K. Olynyk 32 5 8 4 3 1 2 4 2/3 1/1 0/0 0 8 23 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Johnson 30 25 3 2 1 0 1 1 9/12 5/8 2/4 0 3 32 -6
W. Ellington 18 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 2/5 2/5 0/0 0 1 8 -20
B. Adebayo 17 6 3 0 1 2 2 2 3/4 0/0 0/0 2 1 10 -12
J. Winslow 21 5 4 3 0 0 2 0 2/9 1/4 0/0 2 2 13 -8
H. Whiteside - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Hammons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McGruder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mickey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Walton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 105 29 28 7 4 18 16 39/72 18/34 9/12 6 23 183 -60
Spurs
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 32 18 4 0 0 1 1 4 7/16 0/0 4/4 4 0 22 0
R. Gay 32 16 7 3 3 0 1 0 6/13 1/3 3/4 1 6 31 +24
D. Green 29 12 3 2 2 3 0 2 5/7 2/4 0/0 1 2 24 +31
P. Gasol 20 12 5 3 0 1 1 1 6/10 0/0 0/0 1 4 23 +10
T. Parker 19 10 3 9 0 1 1 0 5/7 0/0 0/0 1 2 31 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 32 18 4 0 0 1 1 4 7/16 0/0 4/4 4 0 22 0
R. Gay 32 16 7 3 3 0 1 0 6/13 1/3 3/4 1 6 31 +24
D. Green 29 12 3 2 2 3 0 2 5/7 2/4 0/0 1 2 24 +31
P. Gasol 20 12 5 3 0 1 1 1 6/10 0/0 0/0 1 4 23 +10
T. Parker 19 10 3 9 0 1 1 0 5/7 0/0 0/0 1 2 31 +10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Forbes 27 17 3 2 0 0 1 1 6/8 5/5 0/1 0 3 23 +1
P. Mills 27 13 3 6 0 0 2 3 5/11 3/6 0/0 1 2 26 +2
M. Ginobili 25 10 3 3 0 0 3 0 2/6 1/2 5/5 0 3 16 0
D. Bertans 17 7 3 1 1 1 1 2 3/6 1/4 0/0 1 2 13 -13
B. Paul 6 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 0 4 -5
D. Murray 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
K. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lauvergne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hilliard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 117 34 30 6 7 11 13 46/87 13/25 12/14 10 24 213 +60