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Heat change Game 5 lineup: Allen in, Chalmers out

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 15: Ray Allen #34 of the Miami Heat warms up before Game Five of the 2014 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center on June 15, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Andrew D Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Ray Allen is in the Miami Heat starting lineup for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, replacing the struggling Mario Chalmers.

The Heat made the announcement shortly before tipoff of the win-or-else game against the San Antonio Spurs, who took a 3-1 lead into Sunday night's matchup. It's Allen's first start in 43 postseason games with the Heat.

Chalmers had started every game in which he's appeared with Miami over the last three seasons. The last time he played as a reserve was in the 2011 NBA Finals against Dallas.

Chalmers entered Game 5 averaging 3.5 points in the series, shooting just 5 for 18 from the floor.

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