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Changing of the guards: Ray Allen starts Game 5 for Heat, Mario Chalmers not in lineup

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SAN ANTONIO - 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 post-season 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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