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The Heat had another injury woe to deal with as well, with starting center Joel Anthony out of the lineup for the first time this season because of a sprained ankle. Dexter Pittman made his first career start in Anthony's place.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra spent the better part of two days raving about the Suns' play of late, especially Nash. A sampling of the terms Spoelstra used to describe the Phoenix point guard: "maestro," "timeless quarterback," "relentless" and "tireless."
All were on display throughout.
Down by nine in the early going, Phoenix closed the first half on a 13-3 run, a spurt Nash started with a 3-pointer and one that sent the Suns in the locker room up 53-49 -- even though Miami shot 58 percent in the first half.
Phoenix led by eight in the third quarter, holding Miami to 35 percent shooting.
NOTES: Heat President Pat Riley celebrated his 67th birthday. ... Celebrity night: Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was in the season-high crowd of 20,212, as were the tennis-golf power couple of Caroline Wozniacki (snapping a few photos with her phone) and Rory McIlroy, Miami Marlins standouts Giancarlo Stanton and Josh Johnson, NFL star Andre Johnson and comedian Jerry Seinfeld. ... Phoenix started a stretch where it will play 12 of 15 on the road, with three one-game "homestands" breaking up the various trips. ... Wade did not take a shot in the first quarter, only the ninth time in 583 regular-season games that happened. ... Nash shot 2 for 3 in the first quarter, raising his NBA-best percentage in the opening 12 minutes of games this season to 60.8.
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