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Game Preview: Warriors vs. Heat - 1/10/16

BRING ON THE HEAT
The Warriors tip off a four-game homestand on Tuesday night against the visiting Miami Heat. This will be the first of two matchups in a span of 14 days between the two teams, which will close out the season series between them. The game also falls on Andre Iguodala Bobblehead Night, and the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a limited edition Hobby Bobblehead, which blends Iguodala’s passions for golf and technology. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Watch the action on CSN Bay Area and NBA TV, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game and the Warriors Radio Network.

LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors overcame a slow start and took control of the game in third quarter of Sunday’s 117-106 victory in Sacramento. Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW
32-6
1st in West
117.5 PPG (1st)
45.1 RPG (6th)
31.1 APG (1st)

MIA
11-28
14th in East
98.1 PPG (29th)
44.5 RPG (9th)
20.8 APG (24th)

PROJECTED STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia
MIA: Goran Dragic, Wayne Ellington, Rodney McGruder, Derrick Williams and Hassan Whiteside

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Klay Thompson (rest) is out. Damian Jones is on D-League Assignment. Team Notes
MIA: None. Team Notes

DOWN, BUT NOT OUT
Golden State came away with a victory against the Kings on Sunday, but not before undergoing a bit of a scare. The Warriors fell behind by 16 midway through the second quarter, and it appeared as if their NBA record regular season streak without consecutive losses might finally come to an end. Alas, it did not, as the Dubs rebounded in a big way, flipping that game on its head before leaving with a double-digit win. The 16-point comeback tied the Warriors’ largest comeback victory of the season, matching their feat on December 22 at Brooklyn. It's the second time this season the Warriors won by double-digits after trailing by at least 15 points, while all other NBA teams have three such wins combined.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW
PTS: Durant (25.9)
REB: Durant (8.7)
AST: Green (7.6)

MIA
PTS: Dragic (19.0)
REB: Whiteside (14.3)
AST: Dragic (6.6)

MIAMI SCOUTING REPORT
The season in South Beach has taken a turn for the worse. At 11-28 on the season, the Heat currently occupy the second-worst record in the league, and are tied for the most losses in the NBA. Losers of 11 of their last 13 contests, Miami will look to right the ship on Tuesday night against Golden State, but they’ll need to ratchet up the scoring if they hope to do so. Averaging just 98.1 points per game, the Heat possess the league’s second-worst offense, and score 12.9 fewer points per 100 possessions than the Warriors do. In their last nine games each, Golden State has scored 108 or more points every time, while Miami has accomplished the feat just once. If the Dubs can turn Tuesday’s game into a high-scoring shootout, that could favor the Warriors in the long run.

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