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ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Warriors 97, Heat 95

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BEST OF LAST NIGHT: Klay Thompson
The second-year player out of Washington State had 27 points, including 21 in the first half. Thompson was 11 of 21 from the field and 5 of 13 from three-point range. Dwyane Wade had a hard time keeping up.

WORST OF LAST NIGHT: Heat's defensive breakdown on the Warriors' final play.
Shane Battier went to help Ray Allen, leaving Draymond Green wide open under the basket. Green scored an uncontested game-winner.

WORST OF THE NIGHT PART II: Mario Chalmers taking out Wade. Thompson smacked Wade in the face and then Chalmers finished the job. Scary moment for Heat fans but Wade was fine.

NIGHTLY NUMBER: 18
The Warriors scored 19 points off of 18 turnovers by the Heat. Wade had five turnovers, LeBron James had four and Mario Chalmers had three.

LINE OF THE NIGHT: For those calling for Norris Cole to start over Mario Chalmers, consider this: He had two points on 1 of 4 shooting in 23 minutes while playing aggressive defense off the bench on Steph Curry. Cole seems to be in the right place. Chalmers just needs to get better.

THEY SAID IT
“It will be alright. It will be sore tomorrow and I’ll be ready by Saturday; that is all that matters.”
LeBron James, talking about his sore right shoulder. A flagrant foul by David Lee sent James crashing to the court in the second period.

“Just missed open shots.”
LeBron James on the last three minutes of the game

“It was a good game. They made a play at the end. Defensively we had a breakdown. I haven’t seen it; obviously we had a breakdown to get a layup. It was a good game. They executed a little better down the stretch.”
Dwyane Wade

“Typically, there is always weak side help.  They occupied that weak side and nobody saw it...Shane (Battier) made a read, but as a team we didn’t make up for that mishap. We just have to have each other’s backs down the stretch.”
Ray Allen on the Warriors' game-winning play

“It is really all about the starts for us right now. Our second half defense is good....We’re still making mistakes, and that is the fact of the matter. We’re going to have to clean it up. We’re going to do what we need to do to get better.”
Chris Bosh

 “I showed too early. It was my responsibility. They made a nice play and burned us for my overanxious play.”
Shane Battier on the Warriors' game-winning play 

 

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