MIAMI, Jan. 6 (Ticker)
-- Eddie Jones
scored 22 points and Alonzo Mourning
collected 21 and 11 rebounds as the Miami Heat defeated the Golden State Warriors, 92-84, for their first three-game winning streak of the season.
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Danny Fortson tries to grab the rebound away from Alonzo Mourning.
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Jones led his team in scoring for the third straight game as the Heat recorded their seventh consecutive home victory over the Warriors.
"We're just trying to make plays," Jones said. "I want to get to the basket, finish my shots and get shots for everyone else. That's what it's about, we're trying to get wins."
Jones also contributed five boards and eight assists.
"I think Eddie right now is playing the best basketball that we've seen him play since he's been here," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "I'm not just talking about the fact that he's making shots, but he's making a lot of plays and finding open men."
Mourning registered his fourth double-double in the last five games, helping Miami outrebound each opponent by double digits during the winning streak.
"I'm not getting tired as quickly. A lot of it has to do with the doctors and trainers and with modern medicine," Mourning said. "When you're confronted with something as serious as a kidney disorder, you have to find out how to live with it."
Mourning missed the first 69 games of the 2000-01 season after being diagnosed with focal glomerulosclerosis.
"There are things that I have to do to prepare my body, but it also comes down to the mental aspect of it," Mourning said. "You have to prepare your body to get better."
The Heat owned a 54-39 advantage on the glass against Golden State. They also had 17 more rebounds than Boston on Friday and outrebounded Indiana by 12 on New Year's Eve. Antawn Jamison
scored 31 points, making all nine attempts from the free-throw line. But the Warriors went 0-4 on a whirlwind road trip.
"We had our share of opportunities, we were in position, we were right there," Jamison said. "We did what we had to do, but we did not execute the plays."
Golden State closed within two points with just over five minutes left. Larry Hughes
fed Jamison for a 21-foot jumper that capped a 6-0 burst and made it 80-78.
"We got a little complacent down the stretch, but we made the right plays to finish," Mourning said. "Everybody did the things we needed to do to seal the win." LaPhonso Ellis
made his first free throw with just under 27 seconds remaining to increase Miami's advantage to four.
Warriors rookie Troy Murphy
missed a jumper from the left sideline. Jones gathered the rebound and was fouled by rookie Jason Richardson
. He made both free throws and Rod Strickland
was 2-of-2 from the line to give the Heat a 92-84 cushion.
Hughes missed a 3-pointer and Ellis got the rebound, ending the Warriors' remote hopes.
"We can learn a lot from the end of the game tonight," Golden State interim coach Brian Winters said. "Larry shot for three when we just needed a basket. We're a young team and we just have to learn. We learn from letting them get rebounds on free throws; we learn every night."
Strickland added a season-high 18 points and nailed a 19-foot jumper to give the Heat a 67-51 lead with 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Despite playing their fourth game in five nights, the Warriors came back. Jamison scored six straight points to cut the deficit to 10. A 3-pointer by reserve Bobby Sura
pulled Golden State within 74-67 heading to the fourth quarter.
"It's very frustrating, but no one's going to feel sorry and hand us a victory," Sura said. "We're going to have to earn it. And to do that, we're going to have to play hard for 48 minutes."
Jones had 10 points in the first quarter, helping Miami open a 26-23 lead. Mourning scored five in the second period as the Heat extended to a 57-43 halftime cushion.