OAKLAND, Calif. (Parlay Game) – A shaky start for Golden State has turned into a frenzied finish and another win thanks to a big shooting night by Keven Durant.
In the final minute, Durant scored three points to score 39 points and DeMarcus Cousins made two free throws in 5.4 seconds, allowing the Warriors to come back from a 19-point deficit in the first quarter beat the Miami Heat 120-118 Sunday.
"We started slow," Durant said. "They shot, they were excited to play against us. We treated it as if it was a Sunday walk in the park. … After a while, we just locked.
Durant was an important reason, scoring 11 straight for Golden State in the final stretch before finally missing a 3-point Cousins brought back for a rebound and a foul on the pushback attempt that gave the Warriors an eleventh double-digit return in strength of the season and second in a row after rising 17 points in the first quarter Friday in Phoenix.
The Heat were upset because they thought Durant had doubled before the last attempt and there was a 28-8 free-throw in favor of Golden State.
"These are tough calls to make, but everyone has seen it. It's there, in front of everyone, "said Heat's Eric Spoelstra, who said that Durant had lost control and dribbled again. "This should be a violation and you can not miss those calls. But we had our chances, it was back and forth. "
Miami overcame an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to connect the match to a 3-pointer from Justise Winslow. Josh Richardson and Dwyane Wade then flew and stacked one after the other to place the Heat 118-115 with 51.5 seconds to play.
Durant then tied the score with a 3-pointer and Cousins made his big shots after both teams missed the distance to give the Warriors their 15th win in 16 games.
"I was really happy that it was late in the game," said coach Steve Kerr about Cousins, who was playing his 10th game for Golden State. "It's a good experience for him because he has not changed much since returning to the closed games."
Klay Thompson scored 29 points and Stephen Curry added 25 for Golden State.
Richardson finished with 37 points, a career-high, with the help of eight 3-pointers. The servers added 24 and Winslow had 22 in the fifth defeat in six games in Miami.
"Not really a moral victory in this game, but we played very well and we lost a close match," said Winslow. "Some things were out of our control, but the way we competed was what you like to see out of a team."
The Heat racked up 24-2 early in the first quarter and quickly built a 19-point lead against the slow-moving Warriors. But Golden State scored the final six points of the frame to reduce the deficit to 10 points.
The Warriors pitched 12-0 early in the third quarter starting with a Curry 3-pointer to take a 66-61 lead and the game remained tight.
Heat: Wade played despite a frightening fall Friday in Sacramento who left him with a bruised back. "All of us would probably be in a splint right now. But it's built like Captain America, "said Spoelstra. Wade received a standing ovation following a video tribute rendered during his last regular season game in the Bay Area, in the first quarter, before retiring after the season. Wade finished with 10 points and traded jerseys with Curry after the match.
"It was an incredible video tribute," he said. "They really thought about it. Afterwards, I told my teammates: "It was drugs", it was a nice tribute.
Warriors: F Andre Iguodala is absent after changing his left hamstring on Friday. … The Warriors have scored at least 100 points in 26 consecutive games, their longest series since a 36-player match in 2016-17. Draymond Green was called for his eleventh technical foul early in the fourth quarter when he wanted a goaltender when Bam Adebayo blocked Shaun Livingston's shot. Durant was called for his 10th later in the quarter.
FREE TALK OF AGENCY
The Warriors are tired of talking about the free agency of the NBA, but Kerr was happy to participate in the baseball market. Asked about the possibility that the independent player Bryce Harper could sign with the Giants of San Francisco, the famous fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers was quite favorable.
"I'd love Bryce Harper to come here," Kerr said. "Does my opinion count? Bryce, come to the giants. Let's go! "
Heat: Visit Denver Monday.
Warriors: Welcome Utah Tuesday.