Stephen Curry paced the Warriors offensively, scoring 40 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the field, including 8-of-11 from behind the three-point line. It was one of those nights for Steph Curry, where words alone can not quite capture the full beauty of some of his shots. Steph at times made it look easy, or as Jim Barnett referred to it as, "like Duck Soup." Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson also chipped in with 24 points of his own.
After giving up 36 points to the Heat in the first quarter, the Warriors found themselves in a early hole, down by as many as 16 points midway through the 2nd quarter. But anyone who follows this Golden State squad knows, no deficit can ever be deemed as insurmountable. The Dubs ended the 2nd quarter on a 23-8 run which cut Miami's lead to just one at the half, 61-60. Chris Bosh lead the way for the Heat with 26 points, and at times proved too much for the Warriors to handle. Bosh's outside game continually brought Andrew Bogut out from under the basket, which in turn opened the lane for easy basket cuts and offensive rebounds for Miami.
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The Heat's offense was snuffed in the 4th quarter, as the Warriors did not allow a made field goal in the final 9:11 of the game. After trailing 93-95, the Warriors opened the flood gates with a 14-0 run, which was capped off with impressive (and deeeep) three pointers from both Curry and Thompson. The Dubs never looked back, as they literally ran away with the game, ending on a 21-2 run.
The win marked the 6th consecutive for the Warriors, who also saw their road record improve to 6-1 on the young season. It seems as though the Warriors are in a good position to break the franchise record they tied last year for most road wins in a season with 24.
Here are the game highlights in case you missed them:
- Both David Lee and Dwyane Wade did not play due to injury.
- Leandro Barbosa scored 2 points tonight in just 4 minutes, but had a hustle play that would bring a smile to any coach's face. His head first dive for a loose ball at half court resulted in a easy dunk for the Warriors in the first half. Seeing a player sell out like that has to be contagious to the rest of the squad.
- Brandon Rush saw early minutes in this game as well. Although he has yet to find his offensive stroke, he made his presence known on the defensive end with 3 blocks.
- Steph Curry recorded his 51st game tonight with at least 5 assists and 5 three-pointers made in the same game, making Curry the NBA all-time leader for such games, passing Ray Allen.
- Curry also notched his 33rd game in the past 5 seasons with at least 6 three-pointers made. The next closest person on the list is JR Smith with 15. And in case you were wondering, Klay Thompson is also on this list, with 13. I'd say they have some catching up to do.