Warriors Stun HEAT
By: Matt Pineda
The HEAT came into Wednesday’s matchup against the Warriors looking for their third straight win and an undefeated home record against the Western Conference. They got neither as the Warriors stunned the HEAT in Miami.
Both teams got off to very hot starts, shooting the ball well and taking care of the rock. The Warriors were led early by a hot shooting Klay Thompson who hit 5 three-pointers in the first half. The Warriors were persistent and would never let the HEAT get away. The game was tight, played within a 7 point margin either way for much of the game.
The second half had back and forth jostling. And it came down to the final possession where Jarret Jack, who was on fire in the second half, found an open Draymond Green in the paint for the go-ahead lay-up with 0.9 left. LeBron James then missed a fadeaway for the tie as time expired, and thus the Warrios improved to 15-7 while Miami dropped to 14-6.
The HEAT really hurt themselves missing two go-ahead threes by Ray Allen and Shane Battier rather than attacking the basket. They also turned the ball over 17 times. Miami cooled off it’s recent hot shooting and only went 47%.
The Warriors won the game 97-95.
Game MVP: LeBron James
LeBron was again the best player and finished with 31 points, but too many errors by the team down the stretch costs them the game.
Tough Game: Stephen Curry
He came in averaging 20 points and leading the team, but finished with 9. Yet, the Warriors still pulled out the win.
Lights Out Performance: Klay Thompson
Klay had 27 points in 44 minutes and was a constant struggle for Wade to handle all night.
Biggest Surprise: Jarret Jack
20 points off the bench and the game winning assist. Jack really hurt Miami in the second half.
The HEAT get a rematch against the Wizards, this time at the HEAT’s house, Saturday night at 7:30pm.