Parker also had nine assists, the highest total by a Spurs point guard this season. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) less San Antonio Spurs forward La Marcus Aldridge (12) shoots over Miami Heat defenders Kelly Olynyk (9) and Tyler Johnson (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. more TIP-INS Heat: Hassan Whiteside missed his fourth straight game with a bruised left knee bone. Coach Erik Spoelstra has 451 career victories, three shy of tying Pat Riley for the most in franchise history. He left briefly after bumping knees with a defender, but returned shortly after going to the back. The Spurs have made a 3-pointer in 1,000 straight games dating to April 9, 2005, the fourth-longest streak in league history.
San Antonio Spurs forward La Marcus Aldridge (12) shoots over Miami Heat defenders Kelly Olynyk (9) and Tyler Johnson (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. Dallas holds the record with 1,108 straight games with a 3 from 1999-2012.
naturally the Memphis Grizzlies who just so happened to be the first team they'd lose to in three overtimes the next season.
See these things are always connected.) And speaking of Ginobili, who was positively awful aforementioned in that loss to the Blazers, his memories of tonight's game are sure to be even more painful.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — La Marcus Aldridge scored 18 points, and the balanced San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat 117-105 on Wednesday night.
The Spurs shot 52.9 percent from the field and had seven other players score in double figures in their sixth win in seven games.
Miami shot 58 percent in the first half, including going 9 for 17 on 3-pointers.
The Spurs' reserves stepped up again, just like they have done all season.
With Kawhi Leonard's return looming from a season-long absence due to a quadriceps injury, Aldridge led the Spurs in scoring for the 20th time in 25 games.
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.
Or maybe it's the just the extended playing time he's gotten in small-ball lineups the past couple of games, who knows?
Kawhi Leonard was able to score more from a variety of ways than we've seen from him of late as well --it was the first time that both he and Aldridge finished with over 20 in the same game since November-- and we're seeing some encouraging signs that the starting lineup is figuring out how to play with one another, with everyone getting the ball in their preferred spots, Danny Green getting enough looks from outside, David West scoring some and Tony Parker choreographing it all.
Not because of his play, mind you, he was okay offensively and wreaked plenty of havoc defensively, but he took a knee to the twins (and I don't mean Nicola and Dante) late in the game from Ryan Anderson and looked to be in severe pain well after, to the point where he couldn't even make it to the locker room without doubling over in agony.