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Ray Allen makes rare playoff start for Heat in Game 5

Shooting guard Ray Allen is in the Miami Heat starting lineup for Sunday night's Game 5 of the NBA Finals, replacing the struggling Mario Chalmers in San Antonio.

Struggling Chalmers sits out Sunday vs. Spurs

Heat shooting guard Ray Allen, left, seen here driving the basket against the Spurs' Danny Green in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Miami, started his first game for the Heat in 43 playoff contests in Sunday night's Game 5 in San Antonio. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Shooting guard Ray Allen is in the Miami Heat starting lineup for Sunday night's Game 5 of the NBA Finals, replacing the struggling Mario Chalmers in San Antonio.

The Heat made the announcement shortly before the 8 p.m. ET tipoff of the win-or-else game against the hometown Spurs, who took a 3-1 lead into Sunday night's matchup. It's the 38-year-old 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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