Heat scorch Warriors as winning streak ends
|MIAMI HEAT||GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS|
The Miami Heat withstood a ferocious fourth-quarter rally to upset the Golden State Warriors with a 105-102 victory yesterday morning (Singapore time).
Dion Waiters led the way with 33 points as Miami notched their fourth consecutive win on the way to ending the Warriors' seven-game unbeaten run.
The Heat were made to sweat for the victory, and came within a whisker of surrendering the initiative after the Warriors put together a 12-3 scoring run to go within one point with just over 21 seconds left.
Goran Dragic scored a free throw to put Miami two points ahead, but the Warriors tied it up at 102-102 with seconds remaining.
With overtime looking a certainty, Waiters took his time and drained a superb three-pointer to secure a dramatic victory.
"These are the moments you want to live for, especially against a great team like that," Waiters, who scored a career-high 33 points for a second straight game, said. "I'm in a zone right now."
He said he knew his game-winner was destined for the basket as soon as he released.
"I'm not afraid of those types of moments. This feels good."
The Heat improved to 15-30 while the Warriors fell to 38-7.
Kevin Durant led the scoring for Golden State with 27 points while Klay Thompson finished with 22 and Stephen Curry 21.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said: "We did not lose this game in the last three or four minutes - we were soft tonight.
"We did not execute defensively... they were the smarter and tougher team tonight." - AFP
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