The Golden State Warriors used a savvy play by a rookie and took advantage of a defensive breakdown to surprise the Miami Heat on Wednesday...
MIAMI — The Golden State Warriors used a savvy play by a rookie and took advantage of a defensive breakdown to surprise the Miami Heat on Wednesday.
Draymond Green, a second-round draft pick out of Michigan State, made a layup with 0.9 seconds left to give the Warriors a 97-95 win over the Heat.
The Heat left him open under the basket as there was miscommunication between Ray Allen and Shane Battier.
“With the last shot, Coach didn’t point out who specifically was going to take the shot,” Green said. “We were going to find out who was open and make the best play. Of course guys are going to go with Klay (Thompson) and Steph (Curry). I just happened to be wide open and (Jarrett Jack) found me.”
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Thompson, the former Cougars star, tied a season high with 27 points to lead the Warriors, who have won five straight.
“We’re on fire right now,” Thompson said. “We’re going to continue building on this. This is a special win. We haven’t played the best competition the last few games but with the Miami Heat, we’re showing people we’re going to bring it every night. We have a chance to be special.”
LeBron James led Miami with 31 points as he reached the 20-point mark for the 25th consecutive game, the longest current streak in the NBA.
“You have to give Golden State a lot of credit for this road trip they are on right now, five straight,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It doesn’t matter where you’re doing that on the road, that’s impressive. They took control of this game. They were playing more consistently with more force, more rhythm, execution and they dug out a good win tonight.”
David Lee scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Jack added 20 points off the bench for the Warriors.
Wednesday’s victory over the NBA champions adds to the Warriors’ best start since 1991-92, improving to 15-7 and 9-4 on the road.
• Kevin Durant scored 35 points and host Oklahoma City extended its winning streak to nine games with a 92-88 victory over New Orleans. The Thunder rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit and matched its longest win streak since the franchise moved from Seattle. At 18-4, the Thunder also matched the second-best start in franchise history. Seattle started 20-2 in the 1993-94 season.
• Chris Paul had 19 points and 10 assists to help the Los Angeles Clippers extend their longest win streak in two decades to eight in a row with a 100-94 victory over the host Charlotte Bobcats. Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes also scored 19 points for the Clippers, who maintained sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.
• Paul Pierce scored 34 points, including a three-pointer at the start of the second overtime to give host Boston the lead for good, and the Celtics held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-115. Pierce became the 25th NBA player to reach 23,000 career points.
• Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins was suspended for one game for striking Dallas’ O.J. Mayo in the groin area in the Kings’ road loss Monday night.