Gameday: Warriors at Heat - 12/12/12
Jarrett Jack found Draymond Green with a last-second backdoor cut and the Warriors came through with a dramatic 97-95 victory over the Heat in Miami on Wednesday. Green’s layup came with 0.9 seconds left in the game and the Warriors’ fifth-straight win became official when LeBron James missed a fadeaway jumper as time expired. The game was a close one throughout, as neither team led by more than seven points. Klay Thompson matched his season-high with 27 points and David Lee came through with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Jarrett Jack’s game-winning assist put an exclamation point on his 20-point, four-assist night. The Warriors will look to keep the magic rolling on Saturday when the road trip continues in Orlando.
On tonight's game:
"They’re the best (Miami Heat) and for us to leave out of here [with a win], it’s a total team effort. Especially when our best players are having a tough night, there’s something about this team that refuses to quit. We’re going to battle and compete, and when you’re playing against two guys that are going to go down as all-time greats, and we know them on a first name basis, for us to come out of here and grind out a victory against the champs, is special. I saw how they were defending Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and they were concerned coming off screens, and I wanted to make sure we took the last shot. I give Jarrett Jack a lot of credit, he nursed it, milked it, and Draymond Green did a good job of flashing and finishing. We got great effort and David Lee was spectacular, Klay was off the charts, and not only scoring but he defended Dwyane Wade as well as you can defend him. Draymond battled against LeBron James, and Stephen gutted it out. It wasn’t his best performance, not even close but he stayed and battled. A big-time victory for us. It is incredible what is taking place. I am extremely humbled to coach this basketball team. We got good screens on offense and kept moving and Klay got good looks and got it going. As good as he was offensively, I was more impressed with his defense. Dwyane Wade is a tough task for anybody to guard in this game, but he stayed connected, tried to disrupt him and contain every shot. You can play that same defense and Wade will hit 40 points, we’ve seen it. Klay was awfully good tonight. This is who we are and everybody knows it. We have ultimate respect for those guys (Miami Heat) but every night we are going to battle and compete and leave it on the floor. Jarrett was spectacular and made some huge shots, took pressure off of Stephen because their guards were fast and disrupted our half-court offense. Jarrett came in and was a calming affect. Ultimately we won this game on the defensive end. We found a way to stop them and were dominating and imposed our will."
On his game-winning assist to Draymond Green:
"They helped a little bit too hard on Klay and Draymond was able to set the screen. Something that we’ve been talking about all week, because we know they’re a big time show team. I saw him down low. He did the hard part making the basket ... We have to know that we’re one of those teams that we feel we belong. We feel we belong amongst the elite. Don’t be surprised with the things we do on this nice journey."
On the team:
"We’re showing people that we’re going to bring it every night this year. We got a chance to be special."
On the team's final offensive possession:
"I felt Battier come with me on that last possession and Draymond did a great job making himself available."
On tonight's game:
"We came into the season, they said we had a zero percent chance of making the playoffs. We’re going to finish 13th in the West. We had a lot of attacks on our players personally and negative things going into the season, but all we’re trying to do is just win as a team. We improved two things. We improved our defense. We improved our rebounding. We do those two things, we have enough offensive talent to give ourselves a chance to win."
On his game-winning basket:
"With the last shot the coach didn’t point out who specifically was going to be taking the shot. He said we’re going to go out there, we’re going to find who’s open and we’re going to make the best play."
On the game:
"We’re just going to keep on doing the same thing we’ve been doing. We’re going to continue to play hard, continue playing defense, sharing the ball and trying to push the tempo."
The Warriors couldn’t have asked for any better results to start this season-long seven-game road trip. Monday’s win in Charlotte clinched a winning road trip – the team is 4-0 with three games remaining – and now the team is all of a sudden riding its longest winning streak of the season. The team now has eight road wins on the season, which is the second most in the NBA behind San Antonio’s 11.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors won their fourth-straight game on Monday night, defeating the Bobcats 104-96. Stephen Curry led the way for the Dubs in his return to Charlotte, scoring 27 points to go along with seven assists and seven rebounds. David Lee posted yet another double-double, scoring 25 points and hauling in 11 rebounds. Carl Landry had another solid game off the bench with 16 points and six rebounds, while Jarrett Jack chipped in 12 points and six assists of his own.
David Lee has made his presence felt in each and every game on this road trip thus far. He’s posted at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of the last four games, which ties the longest such streak of his career, and only LeBron James has had a longer 20/10 streak this season (five games). Lee now ranks fifth in the NBA in rebounding (11.2 rpg), 13th in scoring (18.8 ppg) and sixth among forwards in assists (3.5 apg). #DubTheVote
CURRY ON POINT
As good as Lee has played as of late, one could argue that Stephen Curry is playing better. He’s scored at least 20 points in eight-straight games and he has nailed multiple 3-pointers in 12-straight, both of which are the longest streaks of his career. Curry is tied for the NBA lead with four games of at least 20 points and 10 assists, and he’s tied for third in the league with four games of at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists (trailing only LeBron James and Kevin Durant). #DubTheVote
MIAMI SCOUTING REPORT
As expected, the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat are moving right along this season. At 14-5, they are atop the Southeast Conference and second overall in the Eastern Conference. The team has been particularly difficult to beat at home (10-1) and there’s no surprise as to who is leading the way for them. LeBron James, who was recently announced as Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year, has scored at least 20 points in every game this season, and he has perhaps the most capable sidekicks in the league in Dwyane Wade (shooting 80 percent from the field the last two games) and Chris Bosh (averaging 18.3 points and 8.1 boards this season).
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab) and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) are out.