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MIAMI Heat center Hassan Whiteside blocks a shot by San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan during the first half of their NBA game at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. AP

HASSAN SHINES

MIAMI— Hassan Whiteside had 29 points, 20 rebounds and a National Basketball Association (NBA) season-high nine blocked shots and the Miami Heat snapped a four-year drought against San Antonio by beating the Spurs 95-88 on Wednesday night.

Whiteside played against the Spurs five times previously and the Heat lost all of them

Wayne Ellington scored 20 points and Justise Winslow added 16 for the Heat, who had dropped their last nine regular-season games to the Spurs — and 11 consecutive games overall in the series, when factoring in the 2014 NBA Finals.

Josh Richardson added 14 for the Heat, who were down to an eight-man rotation for the second half because of injuries and Dwyane Wade missing the game for personal reasons.

Patty Mills came off the bench to score 20 for San Antonio, which dropped its second straight. Davis Bertans scored 19 and DeMar DeRozan added 18 for the Spurs, who had a 50-12 edge in bench scoring.

The Spurs’ starters shot 13 for 45 from the floor and finished with 38 points. LaMarcus Aldridge was limited to six points on 2-for-14 shooting.

The Spurs had given up 11-0 runs in three other games, but nothing that got past that.

Bryn Forbes had a chance to get San Antonio within two with about 30 seconds left, but his 3-pointer missed, Whiteside grabbed his 20th rebound and the Heat held on.

Whiteside played against the Spurs five times previously and the Heat lost all of them. He’s now been part of at least one win against 29 NBA clubs — with Miami the lone exception.

Whiteside played against the Heat only once, a game that Sacramento lost in 2012. He played for 1:27 of that game.

The Spurs led only twice, at 2-0 and 4-2. Miami had a 15-0 run in the opening minutes to take the lead, the biggest stretch of unanswered points against San Antonio so far this season.

The Spurs had given up 11-0 runs in three other games, but nothing that got past that.

And even though the lead seemed tenuous several times — San Antonio got within three or four points on four occasions in the second quarter and cut Miami’s lead to five early in the third — the Heat kept finding ways to get out of trouble.

Ellington’s 31-footer late in the third helped Miami take a 75-64 lead into the final quarter, and he made a pair of treys in a 27-second span to push the Heat lead to 85-66 with 10:09 left.

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