No this wasn't exactly Game 8 of the 2013 NBA Finals. And no LeBron James wasn't creating new nightmares.

Unlike the San Antonio Spurs' previous two visits to AmericanAirlines Arena there was no chance Saturday's preseason game against the Miami Heat would prove traumatic.

Even with James taking the night off and even with the Spurs going with their regular starting lineup the Heat still found their way to a 121-96 victory with the stakes decidedly less than when the teams last met.

Dwyane Wade continuing his pattern of playing every other preseason game returned to close with 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting seven assists and four rebounds in 27 minutes playing with a hop in his step and an aggressive bent amid James' absence.

"He's been terrific" coach Erik Spoelstra said. "His commitment has been great leading by being out there."

"I'm getting healthier" Wade said. "I got an opportunity tonight to take it up to another level."

Then there was forward James Jones who started in place of James and shot 6 of 8 on 3-pointers on the way to 18 points providing outset spark just as he did when previously starting in place of Wade this preseason.

"I know that's what the team expects me to do" Jones said. "I'm always grateful to them for setting me up for what I do best."

Rounding out a trio of solid efforts for the Heat was center Chris Bosh who closed 8 of 10 from the field for 17 points in 26 minutes.

An added bonus was 12 points from Michael Beasley who returned after missing two games with an elbow infection.

"It's nice to just play" Beasley said. "I was just eager to get out there."

The game was the first meeting since the Heat won the finals two games of the 2013 NBA Finals to secure the franchise's second consecutive championship.