MIAMI -- This neither resembled what it looked like during year's NBA Finals nor what it could look like again this June.
The San Antonio Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Tiago Splitter; the Miami Heat were playing Dwyane Wade off the bench and working Greg Oden into the rotation.
"Did that feel like the Finals?" Heat coach Erik Spoelstra mused when it was over. "No, that did not feel like the Finals."
And yet Sunday's 113-101 victory over the Spurs nonetheless was rewarding.
"Memories came back," Heat forward LeBron James said.
New possibilities also were presented.
No, Wade does not set up as a sixth man, at least during this stage of his career. But after missing the previous four games while dealing with knee pain, the return as a reserve at least opened eyes to the possibilities. He finished with eight points, five assists and three rebounds in 24 minutes.
"He came to me and we talked about," Spoelstra said. "He said he wanted to work his way into the rhythm."
"It remains a work in progress," Wade said after shooting 3 of 8 for eight points in 24 minutes. "The team was in a good groove so I just wanted to work my way into a rhythm."
With Wade's delayed entry, it again allowed center Chris Bosh to play as the No. 2 scoring option. He again lived up to the moment, this time with 24 points on 9-of-10 shooting, afforded the luxury of sitting out the fourth quarter, which opened with the Heat up 20.
"All of that happened within the flow," Spoelstra said of Bosh's scoring. "Again, we didn't call play sets for him. It's a great luxury to have a star player with that mentality on your team."
And a great luxury to almost never miss.
Sunday's performance came after Bosh made his final eight shots of Thursday's victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, now 31 of 42 from the field over the past three games.
"If you see the ball go in consistently," Bosh said, "it helps with the psychology of the game."
Bosh's continued resurgence allowed the Heat to withstand foul trouble for James, whose fourth foul with 3:39 left in the third period was accompanied by a technical foul for making his displeasure clear. He did not return after that incident, playing a season-low 28 minutes, but nonetheless closed with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists, also given the fourth quarter off.
"I love the rhythm we've been in the past few games," James said. "I think Spo's getting a really good grip on it."
There also were additional moments of inspiration from Oden, who provided the type of big body the Heat lacked in surviving the Spurs 4-3 in last season's NBA Finals. While the numbers hardly overwhelmed, with three points and two rebounds in 13 minutes,
Oden did produce a take-notice dunk over Tim Duncan in the second quarter.
"I'm just happy to see him out there," Spoelstra said.
And Oden was just happy to convert the dunk.
"Considering I missed my dunk the last game, I'm just happy it went in," he said.
Oden's greatest asset again was being big.
"Freeing up other guys," he said of his screens and knack for drawing post attention.
After lackluster victories over the Boston Celtics and Lakers to start this four-game homestand, and after the 2-4 trip that preceded those two victories, this one had the Heat fully engaged.
And fully enabled.
Spoelstra said an early-morning call from trainer Jay Sabol brought home the realization that this would be the first time all season the Heat would have 15 healthy bodies available.
That led to difficult decisions going in, with Toney Douglas and James Jones designated as inactive.
It also had Spoelstra shuffling his rotation, going 10 deep by the midpoint of the second period, a rotation that left Rashard Lewis, Udonis Haslem and Roger Mason Jr. as spectators until the play-out-the-string fourth quarter, after all three had held meaningful roles in recent games.
While Spoelstra dealt from a position of strength, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had to work without Leonard, his primary defensive option against James; Green, his primary 3-point threat; and Splitter, the type of big body he could have used against the Heat's Oden and Chris Andersen.
So even with Duncan scoring 23, the Spurs did not have nearly enough, with the Heat turning an eight-point halftime lead into a 91-71 blowout going into the fourth quarter, their lead cresting at 29.
The Heat close out the homestand in another nationally televised game, Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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