Rapid Reactions: Warriors 111, Heat 106
|David Lee, PF 48 MIN | 9-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 14 REB | 3 AST | 20 PTS | +4
Lee was a presence on the boards tonight and scored on a lot of second chance opportunities. With the Heat trapping Monta early in the game, Lee had multiple opportunities to assert himself offensively and failed to do so. However, late in the game he became more aggressive with the ball and took advantage of opportunities.
|Dorell Wright, SF 38 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 20 PTS | +8
Dorell connected on three 3-pointers early in the first quarter but then slowly disappeared during the course of the game only to come back to hit a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to tie the game and also made two shots from deep in overtime. Also, Wright was good on defense, unofficially holding LeBron to 0-for-3 shooting from the post.
|Kwame Brown, C 21 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -13
Kwame brought his usual tough interior defense and rebounding to the game; mind you he had to leave the game with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.
|Monta Ellis, SG 44 MIN | 9-25 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 22 PTS | +4
Monta had an unimpressive shooting night, as the Heat doubled teamed him and also put the likes of LeBron, Wade and Battier to defend him. Nonetheless, late in the overtime, Monta made the biggest shot of the game to give the Warriors a three-point lead that helped them secure the win.
|Charles Jenkins, G 11 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 2 PTS | -4
Jenkins did a good job of distributing the ball early but once the Heat turned on the defensive pressure, Jackson had to insert Nate Robinson into the game for ball handling and scoring.
Three Things We Saw
- When the Dubs needed some mental toughness during an especially tough stretch in the third quarter, they turned to none other than…Nate Robinson. The team’s back-up point guard brought in energy, ball handling, scoring and leadership.
- The Warriors struggled in the third quarter when the Heat came out and aggressively trapped them in the pick-and-roll. It resulted in a multitude of forced turnovers and rushed shots. Other teams will undoubtedly see this on tape and employ the same strategy especially with Stephen Curry out.
- Much will be made about the Warriors timely 3-point shooting against the Heat, but they got back into the game by getting themselves to the free throw and converting 26-of-30 attempts from the stripe.