The Golden State Warriors improved to 3-0 in the 2012 NBA Summer League with a nail-biting 65-62 win over the Miami Heat (2-1) on Wednesday night at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. Harrison Barnes put the Warriors ahead for good, 61-59, with a 20-foot jumper with 22 seconds remaining in the game. Miami, who pulled within one in the waning moments, could not find the equalizer down the stretch. Miami's Terrel Harris had a chance to hit a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the attempt fell short.
Barnes, the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, was a difference maker down the stretch, as he scored six of his 15 points in the final 5:32 of the affair.
After playing to a 45-45 tie through three quarters, the Warriors struck early and put some breathing room between themselves and the Heat. Barnes gave Golden State a six-point lead, 56-50, when he hit a jumper with 4:01 left in the game.
Miami countered back with six straight points in 1:49 to knot the score at 56-56.
The Warriors' Charles Jenkins then connected on a three-point play with 51 seconds left on the clock, but it was quickly answered by a three from Harris for the 12th and final tie of the game.
From that point forward, Golden State outscored Miami by a 6-3 differential.
Jenkins went 11-for-11 at the free-throw line and led all scorers with 17 points on 3-for-8 shooting.
The Warriors led all 10 minutes of the first quarter, but never by more than five points despite outshooting the Heat 44.4 percent (8-for-18) to 16.7 percent (2-for-12). Miami stayed in the opening stanza with help from its free throw shooting, as they went 12-for-16 at the line compared to 2-for-2 for Golden State.
The second quarter was more of a seesaw battle. It featured six lead changes and five ties. The largest lead in the stanza was three points, which the Warriors held twice compared to one for the Raptors.
The game featured 12 ties and 10 lead changes with the majority of them occurring in the second quarter.
Miami was led by a 15-point night from Norris Cole and 10-point efforts from Drew Viney and Harris.
Both teams will have two days to rest before returning to the courts on Friday. Miami will face the San Antonio Spurs at 5:00 p.m. PT, while the Warriors and Bulls square off at 5:30 p.m. PT.
|Fast Break Pts:||8||5|
|Points in the Paint:||30||18|
|Golden State Warriors (3-0)|
|J. Hurtt||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|W. McKines||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|R. Sanders||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|A. Smith||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|D. Tucker||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|K. Weems||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|31.3%||7.7%||95.7%||team rebs: 8||total to: 19|
|Miami Heat (2-1)|
|J. Brown||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|J. Holland||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|31.4%||30.0%||69.2%||team rebs: 15||total to: 20|