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Stern to punish Spurs' exit

LeBron James, right, shoots over James Anderson, whose Spurs played without four core players who left for San Antonio early.

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LeBron James, right, shoots over James Anderson, whose Spurs played without four core players who left for San Antonio early.

MIAMI — The NBA plans to make the Spurs pay for resting four starters. The Heat almost could not.

Ray Allen's 3-pointer with 22.6 seconds left gave Miami the lead, LeBron James scored 23 and the Heat rallied to beat the Spurs 105-100 Thursday. The Heat had to dig deep despite San Antonio's decision to have four top players rest at home in a move that irked commissioner David Stern.

The Spurs played without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green, all sent to San Antonio by coach Gregg Popovich, who said the move was in his team's best interest. Thursday's matchup ended a six-games-in-nine-nights swing for the Spurs, who won the first five.

Stern disagreed with Popovich, calling the decision "unacceptable" and saying sanctions would be forthcoming.

"Oh, it would have been great if we won," Spurs forward Matt Bonner said after hearing Stern's words. "We have faith in everybody on our roster. We think we have one of the deepest teams in the league."

The Heat didn't disagree. "We survived," Chris Bosh said.

The Spurs led by seven with 4:48 left, and their lead was 98-93 when Gary Neal made a 3-pointer with 2:14 remaining. From there, Miami closed on a 12-2 run.

Stern will have the next say.

"This was an unacceptable decision by the San Antonio Spurs, and substantial sanctions will be forthcoming," he said around the time the nationally televised game tipped off.

Celtics' Rondo suspended: Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was suspended by the NBA, ordered to sit tonight (against the Blazers) and Sunday (Bucks) without pay for starting a fight Wednesday against the Nets. Rondo will give up $200,000 in pay.

Celtics center Kevin Garnett was fined $25,000 for his role, and Nets forward Gerald Wallace was fined $35,000.

Rondo was ejected in the second quarter when he shoved Nets forward Kris Humphries to retaliate for a hard foul on Garnett. He had a streak of 37 consecutive games with double-digit assists; that streak ended with his ejection, leaving him tied with John Stockton for the second-longest in NBA history.

Around the league: The Mavericks signed 16-year veteran point guard Derek Fisher, 38, to a contract. No terms were revealed. Fisher could make his Dallas debut Saturday against Detroit. … Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who declared himself out indefinitely, revealed that the procedure done on his left ankle was microfracture surgery.

Heat 105, Spurs 100

SAN ANTONIO (100): Diaw 5-7 1-2 12, Bonner 4-7 0-0 10, Splitter 7-12 4-6 18, Mills 3-11 0-0 7, De Colo 4-8 5-6 15, Neal 7-20 4-4 20, Blair 3-7 0-1 6, Anderson 2-2 4-5 9, Joseph 1-6 0-0 3. Totals 36-80 18-24 100.

MIAMI (105): James 9-16 3-6 23, Lewis 1-1 0-0 3, Bosh 8-14 2-2 18, Chalmers 3-8 1-1 8, Wade 7-17 5-5 19, Cole 4-9 0-0 8, Allen 7-15 5-5 20, Haslem 2-4 0-0 4, Miller 1-2 0-0 2, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-86 16-19 105.

San Antonio 27 17 32 24— 100

Miami 22 25 26 32— 105

3-Point GoalsS.Antonio 10-31 (De Colo 2-4, Bonner 2-5, Neal 2-8, Anderson 1-1, Diaw 1-2, Joseph 1-4, Mills 1-7), Miami 5-13 (James 2-5, Lewis 1-1, Chalmers 1-2, Allen 1-3, Cole 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsS.Antonio 55 (Bonner 10), Miami 42 (Bosh 12). AssistsS.Antonio 22 (Neal 7), Miami 22 (James 7). Total FoulsSan Antonio 20, Miami 18. TechnicalsS.Antonio three second. A19,703.

Stern to punish Spurs' exit 11/29/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 30, 2012 12:25am]
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