MIAMI -- The Miami Heats rivalry with the San Antonio Spurs was once hot to the touch.But after facing each other in two straight NBA Finals -- the Heat won in 2013 and the Spurs got revenge in 2014 -- neither team has been back to the leagues grandest stage.The Spurs (3-0) and Heat (1-1) will renew their rivalry on Sunday night in Miami, but much has changed since they battled for titles.For the first time in two decades, the Spurs are without power forward Tim Duncan, who retired.The Heat, meanwhile, is without all three members of the famed Big Three that propelled them to four straight NBA Finals as LeBron James is back with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dwyane Wade is with the Chicago Bulls, and Chris Bosh is out due to blood clots that have apparently ended his career.Given all the major departures, the Spurs are in better shape. Yes, the Spurs have seven new players on their roster this year. But they still have Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, all veterans of their 2014 title team.Leonard, who was the MVP of the 2014 Finals and has won a pair of NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards, is off to a great start. He had at least 30 points and five steals in each of his first two games, and he added 20 points in San Antonios home opener on Saturday night, drawing MVP chants from the fans.By the way, no player since World B. Free in 1979 has opened an NBA season with two straight 30-point, five-steal games.The things (Leonard) does simply amaze me, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told the media. Hes ridiculous.San Antonios entire frontcourt appears solid. Besides Leonard, the Spurs start five-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, 31, at power forward and six-time All-Star Pau Gasol, 36, at center.Parker and Ginobili, who sat out Saturday nights game as per Popovichs belief in resting players for certain games, are keys in the backcourt.The Spurs have also created key roles for players such as backup point guard Patty Mills, shooting guard Danny Green and backup post player David Lee.Meanwhile in Miami, things are not going quite as smoothly. The Heat won their opener at the Orlando Magic but then lost their home opener, blowing a 19-point, third-quarter lead against the Charlotte Hornets.That was just one loss, of course, but it already seems to have shaken the Heats confidence.I think we were all over the place for a little bit there, Heat guard Tyler Johnson said. In the second half, we didnt get stops when needed them.Point guard Goran Dragic and center Hassan Whiteside are the two stars of the rebuilt Heat. But while Whiteside has been a tower of power -- he leads the team in points (19.0), rebounds (14.5) and blocks (3.0) -- Dragic has been disappointing.Granted, its a small sample size of just two games, but Dragic, who loves to run, has not gotten in the open court often enough so far. He is averaging 15.0 points, but he is shooting just 38.1 percent on two-pointers, a sure sign he is not getting to the rim.Dragic blames the mediocre start on team chemistry, which has yet to develop.Were still a new team with a lot of new players, Dragic said. Custom Boston Celtics Jerseys . -- If this was Aaron Gordons final home game at Arizona, and it almost certainly was, then he went out in style. Aron Baynes Jersey . It was the second consecutive win for the Pacers (2-5), who lost their first five preseason games. Jeff Teague led the Hawks (1-5) with 17 points and eight assists and Al Horford had 12 points and seven rebounds. 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PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Altherr is glad to be healthy and back helping the Phillies.Altherr had a homer and five RBI, Maikel Franco homered and went 4 for 4 and Philadelphia used a five-run eighth inning to beat the San Francisco Giants 13-8 in a wild game Tuesday night.Altherr broke a tie with a two-run single in the eighth, Cameron Rupp hit a three-run homer and Cesar Hernandez added four hits for the Phillies. They blew a six-run lead before rebounding to hand the NL West-leading Giants their 12th loss in 16 games since the All-Star break.Whatever I can do to help the team win, thats what Im all about, Altherr said. Im just glad I was able to come through there and help the team win.After sitting out the first half of the season with a wrist injury, Altherr homered in his first game last Thursday but had been hitless in his last nine at-bats before homering in the first inning Tuesday. He is 6 for 18 with two homers and eight RBI since his return.Altherrs making a good impression again, manager Pete Mackanin said.Philadelphia, which entered 29th in the majors in runs, set a season high. The Phillies 15 hits were two shy of matching a season high.It was good to see all the fireworks tonight off the bats, Mackanin said.Angel Pagan, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt went deep for San Francisco, which opened Tuesday leading the Dodgers by two games in the division. The Giants began this nine-game trip hoping to rebound from their worst month of the season after going 10-13 in July.Will Smith (1-4), who was acquired from Milwaukee on Monday to bolster San Franciscos bullpen, started the eighth with a strikeout before giving up an infield single to pinch-hitter Odubel Herrera and a double off the wall in right to Hernandez. Smith was lifted for Sergio Romo, who surrendered the go-ahead single up the middle to Altherr.Thats not how I wanted the first one to go, Smith said. Hopefully I can get in there tomorrow and do my job.Rupp blew the game open two batters later with his 11th homer of the season.Hector Neris (4-3) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the victory.The Phillies jumped all Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, taking a 6-0 lead through two innings. After Altherrs two-run homer in the first, Philadelphia tallied four two-out runs in the second after third baseman Eduardo Nunez made an error.dddddddddddd.Altherr made it 3-0 with an RBI single before Francos three-run homer put the Phillies up six runs.The Giants battled back against Zach Eflin, getting a run in the fourth on Crawfords 10th homer of the season before a five-run fifth tied the game at six.San Francisco scored all five runs with two outs. Crawford hit a two-run single and Belt tied the game with a three-run shot.Eflin left after five innings, having allowed six runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks.ALTHERR FOR EXTRASOf Altherrs 39 career hits, 22 of them have gone for extra bases. He has 11 doubles, four triples and seven homers.BUMMED OUTBumgarner had one of his worst outings of the season, but the four-time All-Star didnt factor into the decision. Bumgarner allowed eight runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits in five-plus innings while striking out four and walking two.FAN VS UMPIREAn unruly fan was escorted from his seat in the sixth inning shortly after a verbal confrontation with an umpire.Plate ump Bob Davidson stopped the game, walked toward where the fan was sitting and had words with him after the man was yelling loudly in Davidsons direction. The fan was sitting 15 rows from the field behind the visitors dugout.Davidson said the fan heckled him for two straight batters, but he halted the game with the next hitter up when Davidson felt the fan made a sexual reference and used foul language.You could have your wife, girlfriend, kids; they buy tickets, Davidson told a pool reporter. They dont have to come here and listen to that.Shortly after the spat, a Phillies usher approached the fan, who quieted down. A short time later, another Phillies employee approached the man and escorted him out of his seat.A Phillies spokesperson said during the game that Davidson complained to team security about the fans language and, when approached, the fan agreed to leave on his own.UP NEXTGiants RHP Johnny Cueto (13-3, 2.63) opposes Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (6-9, 4.78) in the second game of a three-game set on Wednesday night. 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