Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Heat Fall To NBA Champion Warriors

     The Miami Heat hosted the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors and were defeated 118-112 on Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena. The Heat have lost their last four home games against the Warriors. Stephen Curry led Golden State with 40 points while Dwyane Wade had 32 points for the Heat.
     Miami(32-25) moved out to a 20-12 lead seven minutes into the contest and led 30-21 after one quarter. The Heat stayed up throughout the second quarter and following a late Golden State 10-2 spurt were ahead 55-51 at halftime. Wade and Curry led their clubs in scoring with 18 points each at the half. 
     Golden State(51-5) came out with a vengeance to begin the second half as they went on a 12-4 run to get the lead 63-59 four minutes into the third. There were several lead changes during the frame and Miami was up 83-80 after three quarters.
     In the fourth quarter, Klay Thompson scored 15 consecutive points for the Warriors as they pulled ahead 104-100 with 3:25 remaining. Miami responded with six straight points capped by a Hassan Whiteside field goal to regain the lead 106-104 with 1:42 to go. Curry hit two consecutive three-point shots to give Golden State a 110-108 advantage with 39 seconds left.

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