After the slap conceded on the ground by the Suns, the Warriors had to react at home. They did it in style by beating another league leader, the Heat (123-110), after a long and beautiful fight that took a long time to resolve.
The Californians were certainly ahead for most of the game, but the Floridians were never far behind. Like this end of the first half in which the locals began to widen the gap (63-50) before Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry reacted in transition to return to the locker room much more calmly (63-59).
In a very rhythmic third quarter, where the two teams sometimes showed clumsiness in the transmissions or in the last gesture (19 lost balls on the Warriors’ side), Golden State again escaped the scoreboard thanks to the rediscovered leadership of Clay Thompson. But Jimmy Butler responded again to lead his team to a 13-3 halftime. So after three quarters, Miami still had every chance (92-87).
The visitors continued their lazy game until Stephen Curry slammed his fist on the table once and for all. Unsustainable on his “drives” and always impressive from distance, the point guard threw a big finish to the game to restore a ten-point lead for the Warriors. And this time, the Heat didn’t have time to react.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– The Warriors secure the rebound. One action illustrates the Heat’s struggles on the field. With about two minutes to go, Stephen Curry misses a game-winning shot from the corner, but Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins are battling poor… Kyle Lowry to get the leather back. Second chance for Curry, this time racket head: he enters despite the fact that Bam Adebayo tried to hinder him and could not be on the racket to secure the rebound. The Heat lacked the size and physicality to compete against the Warriors. Result, double the offensive rebounds for the latter and a fatal differential of more than 20 rebounds in total in their favor.
– Heat stars with little support. The stat sheet clearly reflects the depth gap on the team for this match. Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo kept their ranks, but would certainly have liked to see a third player emerge who is consistent in attack. While on the side of the Warriors, the “Splash Brothers” lit up from afar and could count on the sure bet of Andrew Wiggins, author of his first double-double of the year, and three other players with 10 points or more.
✅ Stephen Curry. A dance then a cross in front of Tyler Herro, a dribble from behind to eliminate Jimmy Butler and access the circle, another long-distance missile despite the arms of Bam Adebayo… Chief Curry finished the game very strong with 10 points in the “money time”. He let the game get to him and showed his selflessness to the point of finishing very close to a triple-double.
✅ Jimmy Butler – Bam Adebayo. We almost only saw them on the Heat. The first was perhaps the most impressive of all the protagonists since he weighed in on both sides of the field. He cut back who knows how many passes in the third quarter (6 interceptions total) as he showed long-range direction. Instead, he disappeared from circulation in the last act (only one shot was attempted). The inside of him was constant throughout the evening and showed a very beautiful direction at three, four meters. He could have weighed more on the rebound if he hadn’t had to run over the assists.
⛔ Tyler Herro. Still focused on defense, to offer leeway to Stephen Curry in particular, the backline was lost on offense, as was the other shooter at home, Duncan Robinson. The defense has a complicated start to the exercise in terms of direction with only 32.5% success behind the arc.
Warriors (3-2) : trip to the Hornets, Saturday.
Heat (2-4) : trip to Los Reyes, Saturday.
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