SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs played the fourth quarter about as well as they could on Wednesday night against the Miami Heat. The problem was the previous three quarters.
The Heat beat the Spurs 110-105 to snap San Antonio's 9-game winning streak. The Spurs struggled to find ways to dissect a tough Miami zone early, and fell behind by as many as 18 points in the third quarter.
San Antonio figured out how to attack Miami's defense late in the third and cut the lead to single digits.
They trimmed the lead to three points twice late in the fourth quarter, but DeMar DeRozan had two turnovers in the final two minutes that allowed the Miami to get out of San Antonio with a win.
DeRozan accepted blame afterward.
"Just trying to be aggressive, I had a couple of key turnovers that I wish I could have back, but with that we still had a chance," said DeRozan. "Just one of those games we put ourselves in a hole."
Despite the late-game turnovers, DeRozan had yet another solid all-around game, scoring 16 points and adding a career-high 15 rebounds with six assists.
Patty Mills, Marco Belinelli and LaMarcus Aldridge all had 17 points in the loss.
San Antonio fell to 42-30 with a three-game road trip on deck.
Wednesday night's game was also the final appearance in San Antonio for Heat guard Dwyane Wade.
The Spurs honored Wade with a video tribute before the game. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich also gave Wade a gift prior to tip-off.
"Hall-of-Famers in that box, with the 'Big Three' here in San Antonio," said Wade. "Those guys I have so much respect for with (Tim) Duncan, (Manu) Ginobili and (Tony) Parker so I appreciate those jerseys."
Wade scored 11 points, including a 14-foot jump bank shot that gave the Heat a five point lead with 1:23 remaining in the game. He also forced one of DeRozan's late turnovers.
The Spurs head to Houston for another key Western Conference game Friday.
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