Warriors rely on Curry, Durant, Thompson to defeat Heat

Mark Medina, The Mercury News on

Published in Basketball

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Warriors finished with a 120-118 victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday at Oracle for primarily the same reason they have won two consecutive NBA championships.

Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are really good at playing basketball. Durant scored 39 points on 16-of-24 shooting, despite going only 1-of-7 from distance. Klay Thompson had 29 points on a 11-of-21 clip overall and 6-of-13 mark from the perimeter. Curry added 25 points while going 9-of-18 from the field and 5-of-10 from distance.

Technically, DeMarcus Cousins made a pair of foul shots to give the Warriors a 120-118 lead with 5.4 seconds left. Then, Heat guard Dion Waiters missed a 28-footer at the buzzer. But the Warriors (40-15) collected their 15th win out of the past 16 games mostly by leaning on their top scorers.

After the Warriors committed two costly turnovers. Durant drilled his first 3 of the night to tie the game at 118 with 44 seconds left. Though Curry went 1-of-4 from the field in the first quarter, he went 8-of-14 the rest of the way. And after allowing Durant and Curry to handle most of the workload through the first three quarters, Thompson scored 14 fourth-quarter points.

The Warriors achieved this offensive utopia by ensuring balance in shot attempts to Durant (24), Thompson (21).

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The Heat (25-29) featured Josh Richardson (37), Waiters (24), Justise Winslow (22) and Dwyane Wade (10) logging double figures. They combined to go 18-of-43 from 3-point range.

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