OAKLAND, Calif. -- Before the Golden State Warriors' attempt at a comeback fell short in a 111-110 loss to Miami on a buzzer-beating three-pointer from LeBron James, coach Mark Jackson said the outcome Wednesday night wouldn't change his outlook on his team as it went into the All-Star break.
He went on to see Golden State erase a 21-point Miami lead and go into the Heat's final possession with the lead, but then James struck with a game-winning fadeaway 3-pointer over Andre Iguodala with two-tenths of a second left to finish with 36 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists in a wild win at Oracle Arena.
Stephen Curry finished with 29 points and nearly had the game-winning shot himself after driving past Mario Chalmers for a layup while getting fouled and completing the 3-point play with 14.6 seconds left.
David Lee had 21 points and 11 rebounds in an effort that was filled with positive signs for Golden State yet still ended in a loss.
"I really like our basketball team and the direction that we're headed," Jackson said before the game. "With that being said, obviously with this ownership group and this management group and the basketball minds here, no matter what it is, you're always going to try to get better. But we are united in our thoughts about this team and where we are right now and where we're headed."
Jackson spent time before the game addressing comments from Joe Lacob on Tuesday to Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami, who asked the Warriors co-owner to evaluate the coaching staff.
"I do think our coach has done a good job -- we have had some big wins, a lot of wins on the road, and that's usually a sign of good coaching," Lacob said. "But some things are a little disturbing -- the lack of being up for some of these games at home, that's a concern to me."
The Warriors are 31-22, but 4-6 in their last 10 home games after falling to two-time defending NBA champion Miami, which was missing guard Dwyane Wade due to a sore left foot.
Curry didn't make a field goal until hitting a 3-pointer with 6:06 left in the first half, but he heated up as he beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter with another shot from beyond the arc that capped off a 17-7 run. Another Curry 3-pointer on the Warriors' first possession of the fourth gave the Warriors an 85-84 lead.
Iguodala gave the Warriors a 105-104 lead with 1:22 left. James and Curry traded shots as the lead swung back and fourth before James ended it with a dagger over Iguodala.
The Warriors struggled on defense with centers Andrew Bogut and Jermaine O'Neal continuing to sit out with injuries, as the Heat shot 53.8 percent from the field and got 19 points from big man Chris Bosh.
Jackson hoped rest during the All-Star break would help them, noting that injuries to them along time missed by Iguodala, Lee and Harrison Barnes also hurt the team at times.
Barnes added 14 points and five rebounds while hitting a couple crucial 3-pointers during the Warriors' comeback. Klay Thompson had 17 points.
"I believe when we're healthy, you can make the case we've got the best starting five or are in the discussion with anybody in basketball," Jackson said.
Jackson said he had a "great relationship" with Lacob.
"He's a competitor as far as he's never satisfied, which is what you want," Jackson said. "He's a guy that is always going to be chasing greatness.
Added Jackson with a laugh: "He didn't just use 'disturbing,' 'disappointing.' He used 'good,' too. I mean, he threw that in there."
Asked about another portion of Lacob's interview, Jackson said he didn't read that before joking, "I stopped reading. I started getting depressed.----
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