Allen cheered at Heat scrimmage

Associated Press Modified: October 3, 2012 at 9:03 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012
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"Fitting," James said.

Heat owner Micky Arison couldn't contain his smile, nor could Allen. Of the 17 players who got minutes, 11 tried at least one 3-pointer.

"I like that the ball is moving," Spoelstra said.

Most of the Heat rotation players took part. The exceptions: Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers and Joel Anthony all sat out to rest ailments for the Heat, who open the preseason Sunday in Atlanta and then fly to China that night for two games next week against the Los Angeles Clippers.

"I'm getting better every day. .... I decided not to go today, but I'm OK," Wade said.

While much of the night was about the fans — tickets were free, and players made their way down to the court through the stands, slapping high-fives along the way — there still was business for the Heat to address. Team president Pat Riley sat at Arison's table, occasionally scribbling notes, while Spoelstra and assistant Ron Rothstein sat on the other side to study the proceedings. Assistants Keith Askins and David Fizdale did the coaching from the benches.

All the attention wasn't always on what was happening on the floor, however.

The women in Boston attire created stirs in the stands at least twice — "Will all Celtics fans please exit the building?" Wade asked at one point, grabbing a courtside microphone as he and James spotted the commotion — and another man was booed for waving a Kobe Bryant jersey at the crowd.

"I'm curious how much more we get of that throughout the year," Allen said.

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