‘Warriors WrapUp’: Waiters’ 3-pointer gives Heat 105-102 win over Golden State; Warriors struggle from beyond the arc; late rally from 10 points down falls short

 

This one looked like the past three games for the Warriors — up until the third quarter, that is. The Warriors didn’t have any of their usual after-halftime magic on Monday in Miami, and the result was an unexpected 105-102 loss to the Heat.

In the past three games, Golden State has been spectacular in the third quarter, outscoring their opponents in a big way on their way to easy victories. But the Heat stayed deliberate and locked in, and not only did Miami hang around, it went up 98-88 with four minutes remaining.

The Warriors stormed back and drew even on Kevin Durant’s dunk with 11.7 seconds left, but that just set up Dion Waiters’ game-winning 3-pointer over Klay Thompson with six-tenths of a second left for the victory.

Link to “Warriors WrapUp,” the postgame show on 95.7-FM The Game.

Waiters finished with a career-high tying 33 points on 13-for-20 from the field. In Wednesday’s win over Oklahoma City, the Warriors outscored the Thunder 37-22 in the third quarter on their way to a 121-100 win. On Friday, the Warriors outscored the Rockets 37-22 in the third quarter on their way to a 126-91 win over Houston. And on Sunday, Golden State outscored Orlando 42-24 in the third quarter, winning 118-98.

In the upset within the upset, the Warriors shot just 8-for-30 from beyond the arc (26.7 percent). Miami went 13-for-30 from 3-point range (43.3 percent). The loss snaps the Warriors’ seven-game winning streak.

Despite the loss that drops the Warriors to 38-7, coach Steve Kerr is back as the coach of the Western Conference All-Star team. It’s his second time in the past three years coaching that team.

 

 

 

 

 

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About Steinmetz

Matt Steinmetz is a veteran San Francisco Bay Area sports journalist. He covered the Golden State Warriors for Bay Area News Group for more than a decade before becoming a television analyst with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Steinmetz currently co-hosts the "Warriors WrapUp" show and "NBA This Week" on 95.7-FM The Game, the franchise's flagship station, in San Francisco. He also co-hosts the Sal and Steiny podcast.
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