The Heat head into the All-Star break on a winning streak, after surviving a thrilling game, defeating the Warriors 111-110, to improve to 37-14 on the season.
For the Heat, LeBron James was the man, with team-highs in everything. He finished with 36 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. Chris Bosh provided 19 points and five rebounds. Michael Beasley scored 16 points off the bench.
For the Warriors, Stephen Curry led with a team-high 29 points and seven assists. David Lee added 21 points and 11 rebounds. Klay Thompson finished with 17 points.
This was the best game of the season in my opinion, JUST beating out the Clippers game from a week ago. The Heat came out a little slow, but picked up the pace and finished the first quarter up by eight points.
They were able to push the lead to 11 by halftime, even with the Warriors making a run.
The Warriors came out of halftime on fire, scoring 36 points in the third quarter. That was enough to close the gap from 11 down to two.
The Heat were able to withstand the Warriors surge into the fourth quarter, in which they briefly took a three point lead, 87-84. The Heat responded by going on a 15-3 run to take a nine point lead. The Warriors responded and eventually took a one point lead before this happened:
LeBron once again showed his dominance, with a second straight game of 35-plus points. But he also showed his poise, taking his time on that final shot and confidently ripping the hearts out of the Warriors.
We’ve been saying that he’s been pacing himself, and he looks like he’s ready to kick it into high gear coming out of the All-Star break.
More importantly, this win pushes the Heat to within 2.5 games of the Pacers for the top spot in the East. The Pacers have been dominant for most of the first half of the season, but Miami has stayed with striking distance. This is certainly make the second half of the season extremely exciting.