Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/30/12
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When Gregg Popovich gives his best players a night off to rest, it's not uncommon for the San Antonio Spurs coach to get letters from upset fans. This time, he's going to hear from an upset commissioner - even after Popovich's short-handed team nearly knocked off the Miami Heat. Ray Allen's 3-pointer with 22.6 seconds left gave Miami the lead, LeBron James finished with 23 points and the Heat rallied to beat the Spurs 105-100 on Thursday night - digging deep despite San Antonio's decision to have four top players resting at home in a move that bothered NBA Commissioner David Stern. The Spurs played without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green, all sent back to San Antonio by Popovich, who said the move was in his team's best interest. ''I don't think Pop was in the wrong,'' James said. Stern disagreed, calling the decision ''unacceptable,'' apologizing to fans and saying that sanctions against the Spurs will be forthcoming. ''Oh, it would have been great if w...
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