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SAN ANTONIO -- Chris Bosh hit a 3-point bucket with one second on the clock to give the Miami Heat an 88-86 win over the San Antonio Spurs Sunday night at the AT&T center.

Bosh led the Heat with 23 points, going nine of 15 from the field, but hit the most important shot at the end of the game.

Ray Allen added 14, Norris Cole 13 and Mike Miller 12 as Miami won without their aces LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

The highly-anticipated matchup between the two best teams in the NBA damped before the game when Miami officials declared that James (strained right hamstring) and Wade (right ankle sprain) would not play.

Miami coach Erik Spoeltra stated pre-game that Wade was injured in Wednesday's game against Chicago, while James Friday in New Orleans. This is the first game James has missed all year.

An ironic twist, as San Antonio sent Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green home before their Nov 29th contest against the Heat to rest their star players. The action resulted in a $250,000 fine by the league, with Commissioner David Stern declaring that the Spurs did not notify the league in a timely manner and were "doing a disservice to the league and fans."

Speculation that the Heat were using the same tactics were thwarted by Spoeltra, stating, "I can see where you guys (media) can draw those conclusions but no."

Without their stars, the Heat built a 10 point fourth quarter lead, on a Ray Allen 3-pointer with nine minutes making it 74-64.

San Antonio climbed back up 86-83 with a 1:21 on the clock when Tim Duncan hit a jumper, but could not keep the lead.

Parker's attempt to tie the game with a second left clanked off the backboard.

The Heat are on an unprecedented run, winning 29 of their last 30 games, including 27 in a row. Despite the winning streak, Miami came into the game only two games ahead of the Spurs but now are potentially up four games.

Tim Duncan again led the Spurs (55-18) with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard also had 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Tony Parker and Danny Green each had 12, and Stephen Jackson 11.

San Antonio, who are 32-5 at home, had their third game in a row decided by the final possession.

NOTES: Spurs guard Manu Ginobili sat out Sunday's game with a strained right hamstring. He injured it in the second quarter of Friday's game against the Clippers and will likely be out for an extended period, Popovich said before the game. "It's more than days, more like weeks unfortunately." ... Miami guard Mario Chalmers (sprained right ankle) was held out for his second game and is also listed as day-to-day. ...With its win over the New Orleans Hornets on Friday, Miami clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for only their third time in franchise history. The Heat did it in the 1998-99 and 2004-05 seasons...The Spurs are enjoying one of their best seasons at the free throw line. They entered Sunday's game shooting 79.3 percent from the charity stripe as a team, their best percentage since the 1979-80 season.
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