The Heat lost as home to the Warriors, 123-114, in an ugly showing to start the new year off for the defending champions. The loss drops Miami to 24-8 on the season.
For the Heat, LeBron James led the way with 26 points, to go along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Dwyane Wade scored 22 points, dished 5 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds. Chris Bosh added 19 points.
For the Warriors, Stephen Curry scored a game-high 36 points and dished a game-high 12 assists. David Lee added 32 points and 14 rebounds. Klay Thompson contributed 16 points.
This was a bad defensive showing for the Heat against the hottest team in the NBA. Giving up 38 points in the 1st quarter and 65 points in the 1st half spelled doom for the Heat. Giving up 15 3-pointers to the best shooting team in the league is icing on the cake. It was just a horrible defensive effort for the team that prides itself on dominating that side of the ball.
Also, it was a pretty sluggish performance from James, after his great performance in Denver. Although his numbers look like the usual, he was forced into 8 turnovers and just looked discombobulated all night against the Warriors defense. Hopefully this was just a New Year’s hangover, and not a sign of things to come.
The Heat’s next game will be on the road in Orlando, against the Magic (10-22). The tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm.