SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed against the Miami Heat, weathering a sluggish third quarter for an intense and emotional 111-87 victory Thursday.
Tony Parker scored 17 points, including 14 in a wild first half, Boris Diaw added 16 and Kawhi Leonard had 11 for San Antonio, which has won five in a row.
Chris Bosh had 24 points, LeBron James added 19, Dwyane Wade had 16 and Michael Beasley 11 for Miami.
James, who ditched the protective mask he was wearing early in the first half, was hounded by Leonard into shooting 6 for 18.
NETS: Kevin Garnett will sit out a fourth consecutive game because of back spasms tonight when Brooklyn visits Boston, missing his last trip this season back to his old home.
Garnett last played a week ago in Denver. He has since been sidelined for victories over Milwaukee, Chicago and Memphis.
Rookie Mason Plumlee has been starting at center in place of Garnett, who came to Brooklyn from Boston along with Paul Pierce in a draft-night trade. The Celtics played video tributes for both players when the Nets won in Boston in January.
On Thursday, the Nets signed Jorge Gutierrez from Canton, of the NBA Development League, to a 10-day contract. The Mexican guard played with the Nets in training camp.
BULLS: D.J. Augustin received a warning for violating the league’s anti-flopping rule.
Augustin shot free throws on the violation, which drew a foul call on the Pistons’ Brandon Jennings.
A second warning brings a $5,000 fine.
KINGS: Signed forward Royce White to a 10-day contract.
The team immediately assigned White to the Reno Bighorns, of the NBA Development League, on Thursday. White was drafted 16th overall by Houston in 2012 but never played for the Rockets after the sides couldn’t find common ground on how to treat his anxiety disorder, which includes a fear of flying.
White missed training camp and was suspended by the Rockets in January 2013 after he refused to accept another assignment to Rio Grande Valley of the D-League. The Rockets traded White to Philadelphia in July. He played for the 76ers in the preseason before being waived.