The San Antonio Spurs opened up their nationally televised matchup with the Miami Heat playing sound defense, holding Erik Spoelstra's club without a made field goal for the first 6 1/2 minutes of Tuesday's contest. The Spurs didn't capitalize early, though, committing seven turnovers that turned into 10 Miami points and kept the Heat up after 12 minutes.
Things tightened up considerably in the second, as San Antonio coughed it up just twice while cranking up the ball movement and offensive effectiveness to outpace the Heat by nine points heading into the final seconds of the half ... only to see the Heat stay within a handful of points at intermission thanks to a wing-and-a-prayer, buzzer-beating, 53-foot 3-pointer by point guard Mario Chalmers:
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