Adebayo scores 36 points, Heat top Popovich, Spurs 133-129

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Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry, right, greets San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, second from left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


MIAMI (AP) — Bam Adebayo scored a season-high 36 points, Tyler Herro added 27 off the bench and the Miami Heat rallied from an early 16-point deficit to beat the San Antonio Spurs 133-129 on Saturday night. Jimmy Butler scored 27 points in 30 minutes for Miami, which improved the Eastern Conference’s best record to 40-21. Butler didn’t play in the fourth quarter. Kyle Lowry had maybe the biggest shot of the night, a 3-pointer with 1:37 left to put Miami up by seven. The Heat win kept Spurs coach Gregg Popovich at 1,334 regular-season wins in his career, meaning he remained one victory behind Don Nelson — one of his former bosses — on the NBA’s all-time list.