NBA: Miami Heat at Golden State Warriors

The Warriors haven’t lost since Christmas Day and they were looking to add another victory to best record in the NBA when they faced the Heat at Oracle tonight. The Heat would be without Dwyane Wade, but they just beat the Lakers and the Clippers, so they were coming in with a lot of confidence.

In case you missed the game, here’s our instant recap:

1st Quarter

The Heat start the game well and get an early lead on the Warriors. The Dubs couldn’t buy a basket, but they finally got on the board with a technical free throw after two scoreless minutes. Steph Curry responded with two triples and the Warriors took a two point lead. Bosh responded with a nice shot, but Klay Thompson decided join the three point party and knocked one down to give the Warriors a three point advantage. The Warriors took off after that, they went on a 10-1 run and that was after a great play from Draymond Green. Thompson continued his hot shooting and knocked down two from the charity stripe and a triple. The Warriors took a 26-18 lead into the second quarter.

2nd Quarter

The Warriors second unit continues to impress. Within less than a minute, they score four points. They know how to move the ball and can defend. Chris Bosh got hot to start the quarter and he had five quick points, which prevented the Warriors from blowing this game wide open. Beyond Bosh, the Heat cooled off and the Warriors second unit slowly began to take over. Everybody on the court was contributing and the Dubs took an 18 point lead with about five minutes left in the half. The Heat then responded with several free throws, but Curry’s back-to-back triples gave the Warriors a 19 point lead.

3rd Quarter

Steph Curry got things started with two point bucket. The Heat then proceeded to hit four straight free throws and a triple, which cut the lead to 57-45. The Warriors don’t look as sharp as they did in the first half. The lead was down to nine after a pair of Luol Deng free throws. Curry responded with a bucket and the foul, but Deng came right back with a triple of his own. The Warriors should have put the Heat away, but now the game was close. The Warriors didn’t panic, they kept pressing and Curry got going again. The Warriors went up by 14, but they didn’t stop there. Curry and Speights helped the Warriors increase their lead to 81-63. Dub Nation was able to breathe going into the final period.

4th Quarter

The Heat would not go away without a fight, they went on a 6-0 run and the second unit didn’t start like they did in the second quarter. After the Heat cut the lead down to nine again, Holiday scored five straight points, giving the Dubs more breathing room. The Warriors and Heat traded baskets, leaving Miami within striking distance. Curry missed two free throws which never happens and the warriors couldn’t put the Heat away. The Heat then decided to do the “Hack-a-Bogut”, but the big man hit four straight free throws, so it backfired. The lead was at 13, but the Heat were running out of time.