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ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Heat 104, Spurs 101

***UPDATED: The Heat released Mickell Gladness and Robert Dozier on Sunday. The roster is now down to 18 players. The team can only carry 15 players into the regular season.***

(Tip time was 3:30 p.m., but you get the idea.)

PittmanBEST OF THE NIGHT: Dexter Pittman's effort

The Heat's reserve center played one of his best games in a Heat uniform. While he still has plenty of work to do — note the turnovers in the second half — Pittman moved well, found space on offense and finished with eight points on 4 of 4 shooting in 17 minutes. He also had six rebounds, including two on the offensive glass. When he checked out of the game, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra gave Pittman a hand slap. (photo credit: Associated Press)


The Heat had 26 of them but still pulled out the victory. Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade and Norris Cole had four turnovers each. Cole, who has started at point guard throughout the preseason, has 18 turnovers and 13 assists in five games. 

PLAY OF THE NIGHT: Giving it to Josh Harrellson for his clutch three-pointer with 1:01 left in the game. It gave the Heat a three-point lead. Harrellson helped himself tremendously on Saturday, scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds in about 13 minutes.

LINE OF THE NIGHT: Rashard Lewis had his best game of the preseason, going 6 of 9 from the field and 3 of 6 from three-point for 15 points. He led the Heat in scoring in his 20 minutes off the bench. He also had three rebounds, four steals and an assist.

NIGHTLY ANALYSIS: It's pretty clear who's not making the team at this point in the preseason. Jarvis Vanardo and Robert Dozier didn't play and Mickell Gladness and Rodney Carney played limited minutes at the end of the game. It appears the final two roster spots are now between three players: Harrellson, point guard Garrett Temple and shooting guard Terrel Harris. Harrellson appears to be in good shape to make the team. Temple, who led the Heat in minutes (26), had five points on 2 of 4 shooting to go along with six assists and four rebounds.

Temple, entering his third season in the NBA, might have the edge on Harris based on point guard being a perceived position of need. Mario Chalmers (quadriceps) hasn't played yet in the preseason, leaving only Norris Cole as the only healthy point guard with a guaranteed contract.

Gladness and others might be free agents soon. Gladness entered the game late and one turnover and one rebound in about four minutes. After the game, he posted this on Twitter:

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If the Heat indeed cuts Gladness — and that decision could come before the team leaves for Raleigh, N.C., on Monday — he should have no problem finding a job. He played well for Golden State last season after being released by the Heat.

ABOUT THE OTHER GUYS: Danny Green led the Spurs with 17 points, going 6 of 10 from the field and 5 of 8 from three-point range. Tim Duncan had 15 points (7 of 10 shooting) and six rebounds in about 16 minutes.


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