Warriors Archive: Green Makes Game-Winner Over Defending Champs

Draymond Green Sealed Victory with Game-Winning Layup

Warriors Archive: The Making of a Champion, presented by HPE, continued Monday night with a look back at a clutch game-winning shot by a rookie Draymond Green. The 97-95 victory over defending the NBA Champions Miami Heat, with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, was shown in its entirety on the Warriors’ Facebook page (available in the Bay Area only).

If there was ever a specific turning point in franchise history that indicated the Warriors would reel off three titles in four seasons and five straight trips to the NBA Finals, this 97-95 victory in Miami would be it. The Warriors were on their way to what would be their first playoff appearance since 2007, and they were 4-0 on a season-long seven-game road trip when they matched up with the defending NBA champs featuring LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The Warriors played the Heat close throughout, and with 0.9 seconds left, Warriors guard Jarrett Jack found rookie forward Draymond Green cutting backdoor. Green converted the game-winning layup, marking a signature moment in the franchise’s history.

Warriors radio broadcaster Tim Roye caught up with South Florida Sun Sentinel Heat beat writer Ira Winderman to reflect on the game, which came at a time in which the NBA game was changing. Plus, Winderman shares how the Heat had an interest in Draymond Green in the 2012 NBA Draft.

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