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The Miami HEAT pulled off a furious comeback against the San Antonio Spurs 105-100 Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen scored late baskets to extend the HEAT's winning streak to five.

Impact Performance of the Night: Game ball goes to Ray Allen. Not only did he hit big shot, again, but it was his steady play throughout that gave the HEAT a needed boost. Allen finished with 20 points. He scored from all over the floor, mixing in layups, finger rolls and midrange jumpers. In fact, his only three-pointer was the dagger.

Memorable Quote: “No, I’m not surprised. I am kind of surprised he continues to be open. He’s clutch.”-Dwyane Wade on Ray Allen.

The Deciding Run: With just over three minutes left, the HEAT trailed the Spurs by six points. From there, the HEAT closed on a 16-5 run. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Allen combined for all 16 points.

Play of the Game: LeBron James briefly lost control of the ball with just over 22 seconds left. When he regained possession, he found Ray Allen on the wing. From there, it was a replay of the Denver and Cleveland games. Allen drilled the three, giving the HEAT the lead and eventually the victory.

Sum It Up, Coach: “We’re not going to make any excuses for tonight. You deal with a lot of different things during the course of an NBA season. Our guys were looking forward to this game the last two days. We had a great practice yesterday, shootaround this morning. You deal with the circumstances you’re given. There’s no excuse. We played a little bit lethargic the majority of the game. They came out and played with their normal motor of Spurs-type basketball. We were able to make big plays at the end.”-Erik Spoelstra

Efficiency Rating: Offensive Efficiency: 107.8; Defensive Efficiency: 100.4

Trend to Watch: The HEAT keep playing tremendous basketball in clutch moments. “Clutch” is defined as ahead or behind by five points or less, with five minutes or less to go in the game. Against the Spurs, the HEAT had a net efficiency rating of 90. That’s scary. The HEAT now have a net rating of 62.8 in the clutch, 27.6 points per 100 possessions better than the second best team, the Lakers. What the HEAT are doing late in games is likely unsustainable, but it is clear that they’re willing and able to close out any opponent.

The Takeaway: The first 45 minutes of the game wasn’t pretty, but the HEAT found a way to get the job done. Those first 45 minutes will provide the HEAT with valuable game film, highlighting areas to improve upon. Much like the two games earlier in the homestand, take this win and run. They aren’t easy to come by in this league.

Notes: LeBron James finished with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Chris Bosh wrapped up another double-double with 18 points and12 rebounds. Dwyane Wade stuffed the stat sheet with 19 points, five rebounds and five assists. Josh Harrellson and Shane Battier were inactive. Battier remains day-to-day. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green of the Spurs did not play.

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I wonder what they talked about, nonetheless we've got to focus and come out strong against the Nets. They're coming off a game against Orlando the night before our matchup so we've must use that to our advantage.

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