If the Golden State Warriors were going to earn win No. 40 Sunday night, it quickly became evident that they were going to have to work for it. A slow start combined with a fast start by the Heat saw them fall behind by 19 points during the first quarter. But in typical Golden State fashion, they bounced back.
Yet, even then, they still almost lost it in the end.
After falling behind 26-7 to start the game, the Warriors went on a run of their own over the last few minutes of the quarter to narrow the gap to ten, 34-24. They continued to chip away at the lead in the second, and with a Steph Curry three-pointer with 2:24 to go in the quarter, they tied it up, 51-51.
But Miami was able to regain the lead going into the break, 59-54.
The third quarter was the kind of quarter the Warriors have become infamous for as they outscored the Heat 36-23 to take an eight-point lead into the fourth, 90-82. However, the Heat was not ready to give up fighting.
They fought back and took a one-point lead, 108-107, with a three-pointer by Justice Winslow with 4:14 to play.
The game remained close into the final seconds as the Heat got out to a three-point lead, 118-115, following a Josh Richardson dunk with 51.5 seconds to go. But then a Kevin Durant three-pointer erased the deficit and DeMarcus Cousins won the game with a pair of late free throws, 120-118.
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Golden State got great nights out of several players. Kevin Durant led the way with 39 points followed by Klay Thompson with 29 and Steph Curry with 25. The ‘Splash Brothers’ combined to go 11-23 from three-point range.
Josh Richardson led the way for Miami with 37 points followed by Dion Waiters with 24. The two combined to go 14-24 from three-point range. Justise Winslow chipped in 22 and Dwyane Wade head ten off the bench.
Golden State will get some time off before facing the Utah Jazz on Tuesday. Miami will try to get back on the right side of the scoreboard when they go to Denver Monday night to face the Nuggets.