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Hassan Whiteside's power play pushes shorthanded Heat past Spurs


So Hassan Whiteside flexed Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena and the Miami Heat powered past the San Antonio Spurs 95-88, evening their record at 5-5.


Whiteside seized control on both sides early, allowing the Heat to push to a quick 14-point lead, ultimately closing with 29 points, 20 rebounds and nine blocked shots, a game after sitting out an overtime victory against the Detroit Pistons due to knee pain.


The Heat, though, still were shorthanded, with point guard Goran Dragic out with knee pain of his own and with Dwyane Wade away from the team due to a personal matter.


The Spurs, who also were shorthanded, with Rudy Gay and Pau Gasol not available, wound up with uneven performances from their centerpieces, with LaMarcus Aldridge shooting 2 of 14 and DeMar DeRozan 6 of 15.


Dragic missed Saturday's loss in Atlanta due to what was listed as a foot issue, then scored 21 points in Monday's victory in Detroit.


Wayne's world: Ellington, limited to cameos of eight and four minutes in his two previous appearances this season, promptly came out and converted his first three 3-point attempts.






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