Game Preview: Warriors at Heat - 12/3/17

ONWARD DUBS
Coming off a high-scoring victory over the Magic, the Warriors look to complete the Florida sweep when their road trip continues in Miami on Sunday. This matchup is the second and final time the Warriors and Heat face each other this season, with the Dubs defense at the forefront of their last meeting, which Golden State won 97-80. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (Pacific). Watch the action on NBCSBA, or listen to the call on 102.1 FM and the Warriors Radio Network.

LAST TIME OUT
Golden State established an NBA season-high with 46 assists in their 133-112 road victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night. Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW MIA
17-6 11-11
2nd in West 10th in East
PTS: 118 (1st) PTS: 100.2 (26th)
REB: 45.2 (8th) REB: 42.6 (18th)
AST: 30.8 (1st) AST: 21 (24th)

PROBABLE STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia
MIA: Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and Bam Adebayo

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Stephen Curry (right hand contusion) and Kevin Durant (sprained right ankle) are probable. Andre Iguodala (sore left knee) is questionable. Damian Jones is on G League assignment. Team Notes
MIA: Rodney McGruder (left tibia surgery), Okaro White (left foot surgery) and Hassan Whiteside (left knee bone bruise) are out. Team Notes

THREE-POINT ACHIEVEMENTS
With three three-pointers in Golden State’s victory over the Magic on Friday, Stephen Curry surpassed Jason Kidd for eighth place on the NBA’s all-time three-point list. He now sits at an astounding 1,990 made three-pointers in only 595 career games. For comparison, the only person ahead of him on that list who hasn’t played more than twice as many career games is Kyle Korver, who sits in fifth with 2,105 makes in 1,053 career games. Curry isn’t the only Splash Brother moving up the three-point lists in the record books. Klay Thompson has made at least one three-pointer in 77 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in the NBA and is the second longest in Warriors franchise history. A single three-pointer on Sunday against the Heat will tie him with Dennis Scott for the fifth-longest streak in NBA history.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW MIA
PTS: Curry (26) PTS: Dragic (17.5)
REB: Green (7.3) REB: Whiteside (12.7)
AST: Green (7) AST: Dragic (4.5)

MIAMI SCOUTING REPORT
There’s a big pack of teams jockeying for playoff positioning in the East, and the Heat are right in the thick of it. After defeating the Hornets on Friday, Miami currently sits at 11-11 on the season, 0.5 games behind New York for the eighth seed in the conference. The Heat are led by Goran Dragic, who is currently averaging a team-best 17.5 points and 4.5 assists per game and recently scored the 9,000th point of his career in a loss to the Cavaliers. Hassan Whiteside is one of 13 players in the NBA currently averaging a point-rebound double-double, but he’s currently rehabbing a left knee injury and will miss Sunday’s game with Golden State. The Heat average the fifth-fewest points per game in the league and only nine teams operate at a slower pace. The Warriors, on the other hand, possess the most potent offense in the NBA and operate at the fifth-fastest pace in the league, so expect the Dubs to try to get out and run in an effort to speed the game up on Sunday.

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