For Heat, rallying in final minutes becoming a regular event so far this season

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For Heat, rallying in final minutes becoming a regular event so far this season

MIAMI – For much of the two previous seasons, one of the constant questions about the Miami Heat revolved around the team’s struggles down the stretch of close games.

Not anymore.

Already this season, the Heat have pulled off six fourth-quarter comebacks – out of 14 games – and are a perfect 5-0 in games decided by five points or less.

The most recent in this string of rallies came Thursday, when Miami trailed San Antonio by seven with 4:48 left before finishing on a 20-8 run to pull out a 105-100 win.

Maybe it’s exhausting. Maybe the wins are ugly. Maybe the Heat have become too reliant on a finishing kick.

Whatever the reason, whatever the effect, the bottom line is that the reigning NBA champions are off to the best start in the Eastern Conference.

The Heat will look to further cement that spot on Saturday night when they play host to the Brooklyn Nets.

“You can’t take that for granted and that’s not understated,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Miami’s penchant for late-game heroics.

“Your late-game execution on both ends of the court really matters against quality opponents because you’re always going to be dealing with close games. And when you don’t build that confidence, that’s a tough thing to capture.”

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