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Old 11-30-2012, 12:43 PM   #1
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Default Spurs bench almost everybody, yet still compete with Heat

When Gregg Popovich gives his best players a night off to rest, itís not uncommon for the San Antonio Spurs coach to get letters from upset fans.

This time, heís going to hear from an upset commissioner - even after Popovichís short-handed team nearly knocked off the Miami Heat.

Ray Allenís 3-pointer with 22.6 seconds left gave Miami the lead, LeBron James finished with 23 points and the Heat rallied to beat the Spurs 105-100 on Thursday night - digging deep despite San Antonioís decision to have four top players resting at home in a move that bothered NBA Commissioner David Stern.

The Spurs played without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green, all sent back to San Antonio by Popovich, who said the move was in his teamís best interestÖ

-- AP

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