The Miami Heat, behind Dion Waiters, torch the Warriors 7-game winning streak

Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters shoots a basket in the final seconds of the game to secure a victory over the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson during an NBA basketball game in Miami, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald via AP)

by Jerry Feitelberg

The Miami Heat, winners of three-straight before meeting the Warriors Monday night, looked like a playoff team. They entered the game with a record of 14-30 but did not play like a 14-30 team as they beat the Dubs 105-102.The game was nip and tuck all the way. The biggest lead the Heat had was nine points in the first quarter and the largest lead the Dubs had all night was six.

Miami started strong while the Warriors were ice cold. The Dubs were 3-for-12 from the field to start the game. Miami owned the lead 26-17 until Steve Kerr inserted JaVale McGee into the game. McGee gave the Warriors the spark they needed, and they took the lead 30-28 at the end of the quarter. Klay Thompson and McGee made the first two buckets of the second quarter and the Dubs led by six. The lead didn’t last long as the Heat tied the game at 36. They tied the score four more times in the quarter before the Warriors scored the final bucket of the half when Steph Curry made a layup as the buzzer sounded.  The Dubs hold a 2-point advantage at halftime 48-46. Steph led the team with 11, and Kevin Durant added 10. Gorin Dragic led the Heat with 11, Waiters and James Johnson had nine apiece.

So far this season, the Warriors have owned the third quarter. However, tonight was not their night. The quarter belonged to Miami. They outscored the Dubs 31-25. Dion Waiters was hot, and he was clicking from downtown. The game did seesaw back and forth, but the Heat took the lead 63-62 and increased it to 77-73 at the end of the period.  The Dubs regained the lead briefly 82-81, but Miami didn’t wilt. They increased the lead to 93-84. The Warriors couldn’t close the gap, and Miami led by ten 98-88 with 3:47 remaining in the game. The Dubs rallied behind Steph, Klay, and KD. Steph made a deuce and Klay, and KD made a three-point shot as the Dubs tied the score at 102 with 11 seconds left in the game. The Heat’s Dion Waiters, who tied his career high with 33 points, sank a three-point shot with just 0.6 seconds left in the game.

Game Notes and Stats- The Warriors were without the services of Andre Iguodala Monday night as Steve Kerr gave him the night off. The Warriors shot 46.6% from the floor, but they had a tough night making three-point shots. They attempted 30 and made just 8. Four of the eight were made in the fourth quarter. Steph and Klay were three-for-nine, and the Dubs shooting percentage for threes was a woeful 26.7%.

KD led the Dubs with 27. Steph had 21, and Klay added 22. The Heat was led by Waiters 33. Dragic had 19, Luke Babbitt 11, James Johnson and Wayne Ellington pitched in with 9 apiece. The Heat’s big man, Hassan Whiteside had a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds.

The Dubs fall to 38-7 while Miami improves to 15-30. The Warriors finish the road trip in Charlotte Wednesday evening. Game time is at 5 pm.

 

Golden State blow by OKC

AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Joe Hawkes-Beamon

OAKLAND — It’s no secret, the Golden State Warriors have the Oklahoma City Thunder’s number this season.

Harrison Barnes finished with a season-high 23 points and seven rebounds, helping Golden State pick up their third straight win over Oklahoma City this season, 117-91 in front of a sellout crowd of 19,596 at Oracle Arena.

“My teammates got me into the flow of the game,” said Barnes, who shot 5-for-5 from 3-point range. “It was a relief to shoot better tonight.”

Overall, the Warriors shot 15-for-28 (53 percent) on 3s.

Golden State (27-5), blazed out to a 17-6 lead in the first quarter over the Thunder, ignited by the Splash Brothers. Klay Thompson scored 13 of his 19 points in the first quarter, and Stephen Curry also finished with 19 points.

With both Curry and Thompson battling foul trouble, Golden State turned to reserve guard Justin Holiday in the second quarter. Holiday had his best game of the season, scoring 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting while playing a season-high 28 minutes off the bench.

“Coach [Steve Kerr], told me to be confident and take my shot,” Holiday said.

Draymond Green finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds as Golden State held Oklahoma City to 30 percent shooting (30-for-98) from the floor, while the Dubs shot 46 percent (41-for-88) from the floor.

Oklahoma City (17-18) couldn’t get their superstar duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook or the entire team into gear tonight.

Westbrook led all Thunder players with 22 points, but shot 5-for-21 from the field. Durant finished with just 14 points on 3-for-16 shooting after scoring 30 points in 20 minutes against Golden State back on Dec. 18 at Oracle Arena before leaving the game with a sprained ankle.

“Great job defensively tonight, I thought our defense was really good,” said Kerr. “Obviously when Durant and Westbrook won’t have bad shooting nights, but we played great defense, but we we’re lucky.”

With the win, Golden State have now won 12 straight games at home for the first since the 1989-90 season, and hold the best home record in the league at 14-1.

The Warriors and Thunder hook up for the final time this season on Jan. 16 in Oklahoma City. The Thunder should have newly acquired shooting guard Dion Waiters available for that game.

Oklahoma City was part of a three-team trade, sending a protected 2015 first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Waiters. The New York Knicks received reserve Lance Thomas from Oklahoma City, and sending J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland.

Golden State has won the first four games of their six-game home stand, which continues Wednesday night with the visiting Indiana Pacers coming to town.

 

Warriors squander fast start, lose an ugly one to the Cavs 103-94

By Gabe Schapiro

The Golden State Warriors (41-26) only managed to put together one good quarter, ultimately falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers (26-40), 103-94, Friday night, at Oracle Arena. Early on Golden State led by as many as 18, only to find themselves down by as many as 16 in the second half of the contest. The disappointing loss snaps a five game home winning streak for the Warriors. Klay Thompson missed a rare game to attend his grandfathers’ funeral, and it appeared that his presence was missed. At times it appeared that Stephen Curry was playing by himself, and they simply couldn’t get stops when they had to.

The Warriors got off to a lightning fast start, opening up a 20-4 lead within the first six minutes of the game. The Cavaliers composed themselves a bit, but were still looking up at a 32-16 deficit heading into the second quarter. All five Golden State starters had an assist, and the bench scored four field goals, more than they did in the entire contest against the Los Angeles Clippers two days ago.

That’s where most of the good news would end for the Warriors, however, as Cleveland caught fire and Golden State’s wheels all but flew off. In the second frame the Dubs were badly outplayed, and helped the Cavaliers case with far too many turnovers. Heading into the locker room the Warriors lead had shrunk to just one point, at 53-52.

Unfortunately for Golden State, the third quarter was more of the same. Their mistakes didn’t stop, which led to them being outscored 68-39 in the second and third quarters combined. Heading into the final 12 minutes, the Warriors found themselves down 84-71.

Golden State tried to put together some semblance of a comeback, but nine points would be as close as they could get to the lead. Cleveland finished out the game with relative ease, in one of the Warriors more disappointing losses of the season.

Curry had a pretty strong game amidst the sloppy play, finishing with a game-high 27 points and eight assists. He was five-of-10 from beyond the arc, and added three steals. Draymond Green was fantastic off the bench for another glimmer of a bright spot, tying a career-high with 18 points, to go along with nine rebounds and as always good hustle defense. The most glaring stat of the night, however, was probably the Warriors 17 turnovers.

For the Cavs Spencer Hawes was a force in the paint, posting a double-double. He had a team-high 22 points, and a game-high 13 rebounds. Their young backcourt of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters had good games as well, combining to score 34 points, dish out eight rebounds, and grab five steals.

The Warriors followed up a five-game win streak by losing their last two. They’ll look to get back to their winning ways this Sunday, March 16, against the Portland Trail Blazers.