LeBron James put on another LeBron James performance. He scored 36 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and was one assist away from securing a triple-double in Oracle Arena.
Miami appeared to have control of this game until the later stages when Golden State surged back to take the lead 110-108.
The clock was ticking, the ball was in LeBron’s hands and he delivered in the clutch; drilling the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.01 seconds left on the clock. LeBron and the Heat avenged their loss to the Warriors earlier in the season and will enter the All-Star break on a high note.
Superstar shooting guard Dwyane Wade was a late subtraction from the lineup tonight due to soreness in his left foot.
Stephen Curry’s performance brought an enormous level of excitement to Oracle tonight. He battled LeBron to the end; scoring 29 points and dishing out seven assists.
It was a team effort from the Warriors tonight, but they just did not have an answer for the four-time MVP.
James’ teammates gave him a lot to work with tonight, too. All-Star power forward Chris Bosh added 19 points and five rebounds, and Michael Beasley pitched in with 16 points off the bench.
Golden State built a lead early in the last period, but the reigning MVP scored a layup, a step-back jumper and a fadeaway jumper to ignite a run that increased Miami’s lead to nine. (101-92)
After some exhilarating back-and-forth basketball that put Golden State ahead 110-108 with 14.6 seconds left it appeared that Mark Jackson’s club would sweep the season series against Miami.
King James had different plans.
LeBron dribbled the clock out before he knocked down a shot from deep over defensive ace, Andre Iguodala.
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The Warriors were short-handed tonight. Andrew Bogut (bruised shoulder) and Jermaine O’Neal (sore right wrist) sat out tonight. David Lee started at center, and Draymond Green filled the power forward spot.
Going into the All-Star break, the Warriors sit at 31-22. (16-10 home) Although they are an inconsistent team, they are exciting.
Look out for Stephen Curry making his first All-Star appearance this weekend.
Golden State will look to get back on track Wednesday, Feb. 19th.