Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/12/12
MIAMI -- The Golden State Warriors, perhaps the hottest team in the NBA when one considers that their consecutive win streak has been accomplished exclusively on the road, did it again Wednesday night, beating the Miami Heat, 97-95. The Warriors, who extended their win streak to five games, got a winning layup by Draymond Green with nine-tenths of a second left. The Heat's LeBron James missed a turnaround jumper at the buzzer to complete the Warriors' win. James finished with a game-high 31 points. On the winning shot, backup point guard Jarrett Jack, guarded by James at the top of the key, passed to the rookie, Green, who was wide open. The Warriors (15-7) have won eight of their past nine games. Guard Klay Thompson, who led the Warriors with 27 points, has ties to Miami. He is the son of former NBA forward Mychal Thompson, who played his high school ball at Miami Jackson. The Heat (14-6) lost for just the second time this season at home, where they have 10 wins. But perhaps of more concern to the Heat were the two injury scares they survived in the second quarter. First, James drove to the basket and was shoved while in mid-air by David Lee. James landed hard on his right shoulder, and Lee was issued a flagrant foul. James, who appeared to be angry at Lee's play, made both free throws and a layup to complete what was, in essence, a four-point play. Less than two minutes later, Dwyane Wade took a double shot to his head and neck while chasing Thompson around a couple of picks. Thompson, trying to get free, caught Wade with a right elbow. Then, with Wade doubled over in pain, teammate Mario Chalmers collided with him while running hard on defense. Wade sat out the final 3:17 of the half with what was diagnosed as a neck strain. However, Wade started the second half and finished with 14 points. Before the game, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said Wade is the third best shooting guard in NBA history behind Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. "People are going to say I'm crazy for saying that," Jackson said. "He's a winner. He competes. He's an underrated passer. We all know he can score the ball." For the Warriors, Lee had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Jarrett Jack came off the bench to score 20 points. However, Warriors leading scorer Stephen Curry was held to 9 points and had six turnovers. He had entered Wednesday with a career-best eight straight games of 20 or more points. Heat forward Chris Bosh had 21 points and 13 rebounds. Heat guard Ray Allen, who had 14 points, passed Adrian Dantley for 22nd place in the NBA's career scoring list. NOTES: Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who has played just four games since the Bucks traded him for Monta Ellis, is still out with an ankle injury. Warriors Coach Mark Jackson, who said he had input in the trade, has not lost confidence in his center. "I thought the trade would make us better down the road," Jackson said, "and I still do." ... Referring to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said Golden State has "the best shooting backcourt in the league." ... Jackson does not disagree with Spoelstra. Curry and Thompson have more 3-pointers combined than any other guard duo in the NBA this season. "I'd put those two in a shooting contest against anyone," Jackson said. "They are pure shooters, and they take pride in it. That opens up the court for a lot of things." Jackson also said Curry is playing like an elite player. "He's defending at a big-time level," Jackson said, "and making plays down the stretch," the coach said. ... Up next, the Warriors play at Orlando on Friday and at Atlanta on Saturday before returning home to play New Orleans on Tuesday. ... The Heat's six-game home stand ends with games Saturday against Washington and Tuesday against Minnesota.
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