Willie Anderson hit two free throws with 17.4 seconds left after a basket by Elden Campbell was waved off, and Nick Van Exel missed a jumper at the buzzer as the Heat beat the Lakers 98-97 Friday night.
A jump hook by Campbell gave Los Angeles a 97-93 lead with 1:22 left, and a three-pointer by Tim Hardaway, one of 15 by Miami, made it 97-96 with 48.8 seconds left.
The Lakers then squandered two chances to build on their lead. Van Exel missed a free throw after the Heat was given a technical foul for illegal defense, and Jerome Kersey missed a baseline jumper. Campbell tipped in Kersey's miss, but the basket was waved off and Campbell was called for a loose-ball foul on Anderson.
Anderson made the free throws and Van Exel missed a 16-foot jumper at the buzzer.
Van Exel practically accused the officials of throwing the game.
"It was a tough call (against Campbell), but bad refs make bad calls, so you expect that from refs like that," Van Exel said. "I think it was more of a betting call. If the FBI wants to investigate Fresno State, they ought to investigate these refs."
SPURS: Forward Charles Smith failed to show for San Antonio's game at Sacramento. Spurs spokesman Tom James said Smith did not take the team flight after Thursday's loss at Phoenix.