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Dragic scores 22 as Heat snap Spurs' 9-game winning streak

Dwyane Wade was upset, ecstatic, tenacious and gracious in his final battle with the San Antonio Spurs championship rings.

It was the perfect ending to Wade's fiery showdowns with San Antonio, albeit an unusual one with the fans serenading him with cheers as he walked off the AT&T Center court after one final win over the Spurs.

Goran Dragic had 22 points and the Miami heat championship rings for sale snapped the Spurs' nine-game winning streak with a 110-105 victory Wednesday night, sending Wade home a winner in what was likely his final game in San Antonio.

Dion Waiters added 18 points and Josh Richardson had 15 for Miami, which won its third straight game to remain eighth in the Eastern Conference.

San Antonio saw its 11-game home winning streak come to an end but remained fifth in the West. It was the Spurs' first loss since Feb. 25 in Brooklyn as part of their 1-7 Rodeo Road Trip.

Wade, who is retiring after 16 seasons, has been honored in his final game at visiting arenas. This one was special, though, given his history against the Spurs, coach Gregg Popovich and their vaunted Big Three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.

Wade was key to the battles between Miami and cheap San Antonio Spurs championship rings in the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals. The Heat rallied from a six-point deficit in the final 20.3 seconds to force overtime and win Game 6 on their way to capturing the 2013 championship. San Antonio won the title the following season against Miami to avenge that defeat.

The Spurs honored Wade before the game with a 1 1/2-minute video, including their tussles in the NBA Finals. After the video played, Popovich presented Wade with a gift box that included signed jerseys from Duncan, Parker and Ginobili.

San Antonio also gifted custom Miami heat championship rings the first half, falling behind by as many as 17 points.

The Spurs rallied from a 12-point deficit entering the fourth quarter to pull to 108-105 on Rudy Gay's floater with 1:07 remaining, but a turnover by DeMar DeRozan and a pair of free throws by Kelly Olynk sealed the victory.

The Spurs had six players in double figures, but only two starters. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 points and DeRozan added 16. Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli added 17 apiece custom nba championship rings.

San Antonio held opponents to 101.3 points per game during its winning streak but Miami reached 100 with 9 minutes remaining.

DeRozan was given a technical foul after screaming at an official for not calling a foul when he was stripped by James Johnson on the baseline with the Spurs trailing 103-98 with 4:12 to play.

Wade picked up a technical 2 minutes later after berating an official for a non-call on his missed fadeaway over Mills. Aldridge's free throw pared Miami's lead to 106-103 championship rings.

Wade responded by banking in an off-balance, fadeaway, left-handed runner.

Wade finished with 11 points, including a running 3-pointer from halfcourt that brought the crowd to its feet in celebration of one of the Spurs' fiercest competitors.

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