Final Score: Golden State 97, Miami 95
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Draymond Green finished a go-ahead layup with
less than a second remaining to lift the Golden State Warriors to a 97-95
triumph over the Miami Heat on Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
With the game knotted, 95-95, and under 30 seconds remaining, Heat guard Shane
Battier missed a 3-pointer from the left corner and the rebound bounced out of
bounds, giving Golden State possession with 11.4 seconds left.
Jarrett Jack then dribbled around at the top of the key before firing a pass
down low for Green, who finished the layup with 0.9 ticks on the clock to give
Golden State a two-point edge.
The Heat had one final shot after a timeout, but LeBron James' turnaround
jumper from the baseline clanked off the rim and the Warriors escaped with
their fifth straight road victory.
"There's something about this team that refuses to quit," Golden State coach
Mark Jackson said of his club. "We're going to battle. We're going to
David Lee recorded a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Klay
Thompson tallied a team-high 27 points and Jack finished with a season-high 20
points for the Warriors, who have won eight of nine overall.
James poured in a game-high 31 points and Chris Bosh followed with 21 points
and 13 boards in the setback, Miami's third in its last five games.
"We've been making too many mistakes," Bosh admitted. "We just have to clean
it up. Everyone in this room is a professional."
The Heat held a two-point edge with 6 1/2 minutes left in the fourth after
James netted five straight points, including a tough fadeaway jumper from the
top of the key to make it 89-87.
After the teams exchanged buckets, Jack knocked down a jumper to knot the game
yet again, but Miami scored the next four points to grab a 95-91 lead with
3:18 left on the clock.
The Heat, though, wouldn't score again, as the Warriors closed the contest on
a 6-0 run, culminating in Green's go-ahead layup with less than a second
Neither team led by more than five in a tightly-contested first quarter that
found Golden State clinging to a 29-28 lead after 12 minutes.
Thompson caught fire in the second, connecting on 4-of-6 shots from beyond the
arc en route to 14 points in the frame, but the Warriors were unable to make
any headway, as the teams played evenly in the stanza and entered the locker
room with the visitors holding a 53-52 advantage.
Golden State shot 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from the field in the third and led
by as many as five in the frame, but James netted Miami's final seven points
of the quarter to bring the Heat within 77-74 heading into the fourth.
The Warriors head to Orlando on Friday before wrapping up their seven-game
road trip in Atlanta on Saturday ... Golden State improved to 9-1 against the
Eastern Conference this season ... It was the Warriors' first win in Miami
since Mar. 7, 2008 ... The Heat fell to 10-2 at home this season ... Heat
guards Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen each netted 14 points.
12/12 22:54:18 ET
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