Warriors Win Seventh Straight
MIAMI – Recreation-high in points. Game-high in assists. Recreation-excessive in steals. Oh, and for good measure, he made as many 3-pointers as all the Miami Warmth roster.
Stephen Curry had another night time to recollect.
And the Golden State Warriors continued their surge.
Curry completed with 36 points, 12 assists, four steals and made eight 3-pointers, David Lee completed with 32 factors and 14 rebounds, and the Warriors ran past the Warmth 123-114 Thursday night to extend the NBA's longest present successful streak to seven games.
"Curry was spectacular," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "If he would not make the All-Star team, I would retire."
If the Warmth had a vote, Jackson's job could be protected.
"Probably the greatest shooters this NBA will see," Heat star LeBron James mentioned. "I mean, if you will discover a better shooter than him right now, particularly with the best way he handles the ball – and the light that he has, it is greater than green, it's fluorescent – you simply hope that he misses."
He did miss a few. Just not very many.
Curry was 13 for 22 from the floor, eight of 15 from past the arc. Lee made thirteen of 17 photographs. The Warriors made 15 three-pointers; the Warmth managed solely eight.
"It's a good experience in opposition to a championship-caliber team," Curry mentioned. "They know tips on how to get it achieved so to return in here and play the way we did, it exhibits we're on the fitting path."
Klay Thompson scored 16 points and Harrison Barnes added 15 for the Warriors.
James scored 26 points and Dwyane Wade added 22 for the Warmth, who had all five starters in double figures. Chris Bosh scored 19, Mario Chalmers had 17 and Shane Battier added eleven for Miami.
However the Warmth allowed Golden State to shoot fifty six %, plus finish with a forty-31 rebounding edge.
"They performed a heck of a ball sport," Warmth coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned. "They deserved to win this one."
About the only blip for the Warriors were turnovers. They'd 20, which Miami changed into 32 points. Without those, this may need been rather a lot worse.
"More than anything it retains the ball rolling," Lee stated after matching his season-excessive for scoring. "Anytime you play the champions like this it is a measuring level. Tonight was no exception."
They were sizzling from the get-go. The Warriors opened by making eleven of their first 13 pictures – and somewhat unbelievably, had been trailing at time, down 29-28 for a couple of seconds late within the first quarter.
Golden State scored on 14 of its first 21 possessions and led 38-33 after the opening quarter, placing up the highest point total for any period towards the Heat this season. Issues cooled, albeit slightly, in the second, and the Warriors went into the break with a 65-sixty one advantage.
After which the third quarter was all about Curry.
He was dazzling, wowing Julius Erving at one finish, Johnny Manziel on the opposite and just about frustrating the Heat in any respect factors in between.
"Nothing you can do," Wade mentioned. "You contest it and hope he misses."
Curry went on a private 7-0 run early in the interval, all of them jumpers, one the place he gave a fast look-back to James after a excessive-arcing, excessive-difficulty connection from the appropriate nook. That barrage gave Golden State a 13-point lead, and a 3 from Curry put the Warriors up 91-seventy six with 3:27 left in the quarter.
Curry had 14 in the quarter, matching his output from the whole first half. The lead was all the way down to 9 getting into the fourth, down to 6 when James made a 3-pointer with 5:18 left – however Curry's ultimate three of the night time pushed the margin back to nine with about 3 minutes remaining, and the Heat by no means obtained closer.
"Classic Steph," Lee stated.
Golden State's 123 factors were probably the most allowed by the Warmth at home in a non-time beyond regulation game since James, Wade and Bosh became teammates… Attendance was 20,350, tying the largest house common-season crowd for the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena… The one others with at the least 35 points and 12 assists towards Miami in a sport: Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson