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Warriors 97 - HEAT 95 Game Recap

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The Miami HEAT lost 97-95 to the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Warriors used a late run and a last second bucket to squeak out the win. The HEAT have two nights off and return to action Saturday night against the Washington Wizards.

Impact Performance of the Night: LeBron James was excellent, but Jarrett Jack of the Warriors gets the nod tonight. Jack scored 20 points off the bench. He hit a few contested jumpers in the second half then found Draymond Green under the basket for the game-winning basket. Jack’s play carried the Warriors down the stretch.

The Deciding Run: The HEAT took a 95-91 lead with 3:17 left in the game. From then on, the Warriors scored six straight points while holding the HEAT scoreless to take the lead. The Warriors final basket with .9 seconds left proved to be the difference.

Play of the Game: The final possession of the game for the Warriors is the clear choice. Draymond Green cut to the basket at the last second and Jarrett Jack found him on a jump-pass. It was tough to tell if the play was drawn up that way, but it worked.

Sum It Up, Coach: “You have to give that Golden State team a lot of credit for this road trip that they’re on right now. Five straight. It doesn’t matter where you’re playing if you’re doing that on the road, that’s impressive.” –Erik Spoelstra

Efficiency Rating: Offensive Rating: 96.3; Defensive Rating: 101.9

Trend to Watch: The HEAT got great looks down the stretch, the shots just didn’t fall. At this point, the process means more than the result. The process was strong, the result wasn’t. Wide-open threes are shots the HEAT want, especially late in games. Shane Battier and Ray Allen missed their threes, but those shots will fall if taken again.

The Takeaway: The Warriors are a good, fun team. We only get two looks at the Warriors this season, but their play was impressive. Also, the HEAT did a better job on the perimeter after the Warriors started out hot in the first half. The HEAT defense is playing better, even if it’s tough to see in the final box score.

Notes: LeBron James finished with 31 points. Chris Bosh scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, his second straight double-double. Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade each scored 14 points. Josh Harrellson and Terrel Harris were inactive.

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Nope. Live by high-percentage shots, die by high-percentage shots. The real killer was the 19 turnovers. A fair amount were the result of sloppy play in my opinion.

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The killer was 5 possessions in a row that led to nothing. If these guys played 48 minutes then we could look at the game in its entirety but they don't, so its rather pointless to try to make judgements based on what happened in the first three and a half quarters. You judge them based on what happens when they're making a real effort to score or defend.....the defense looked good, offense not so much.

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Why, because his name is Ray Allen? I seem to remember a three month stretch not too long ago where Ray was one of the worst shooters in the league. His shot comes and goes just like everyone else......he started the season hot and now hes cooled off.

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It was a great game. I wish we could've came out on the winning side but it is what it is. We'll get them next time. Go Heat!!!

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We are improving defensively. We just missed some much needed shots down the stretch. Conversely, they made some. After their hot 3 point start in the first half, we did a better job running them off the arch.

Honest question, can we REALLy stop opposing teams from making tough, insane and impossible shots? At a point putting a hand up in the face and tightly contesting the shot is all we can do. It's been the story for far for us. Yes we leave teams open but so do others. And unfortunately, teams make almost all their 3s vs us.

Things will even out and we are doing better on defense.

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Why, because his name is Ray Allen? I seem to remember a three month stretch not too long ago where Ray was one of the worst shooters in the league. His shot comes and goes just like everyone else......he started the season hot and now hes cooled off.

no it's literally one of the most effective plays in the league.

and he's also the greatest shooter of all time.

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Don't judge the result. Judge the process. In the last five minutes of the game the HEAT got generally good looks. It was the two turnovers that were killers. Not the shots. Open threes from Allen, Battier or Miller are gravy for the HEAT. The one possession that was terrible was the one that LeBron got trapped above the three-point line with no help. But that was hardly the design.

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I don't mind the turnovers....at least they were trying with those plays. Getting the ball in the hands of a player going towards the basket should be the goal, especially with the lineup the Warriors had on the floor. Maybe the passes weren't where he expected them, or he just fumbled them, or he was fouled.....I don't know. But if he catches those passes its a very high percentage play, unlike a skip pass to a set shooter beyond the arc. No matter how efficient the shot may be, its not a high percentage play.

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I don't mind the turnovers....at least they were trying with those plays. Getting the ball in the hands of a player going towards the basket should be the goal, especially with the lineup the Warriors had on the floor. Maybe the passes weren't where he expected them, or he just fumbled them, or he was fouled.....I don't know. But if he catches those passes its a very high percentage play, unlike a skip pass to a set shooter beyond the arc. No matter how efficient the shot may be, its not a high percentage play.

YOU'RE CONTRADICTING YOURSELF!!

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It is a high percentage play. That's the thing. The HEAT shoot 45.4 percent from the corners. That's 1.4 points per field goal attempt. As I've maintained, shots in the restricted area are the most valuable, but they're hard to come by. In the paint, but outside the restricted area the HEAT shoot 40 percent, so .8 points per field goal attempt. From the midrange those numbers are 42.8 percent and .86 points per field goal attempt. So not only do the HEAT shoot a better raw percentage from the corners, but they also are much, much more valuable.

If you're arguing that the HEAT should have gotten more layups at the end, then yea, I agree. But those don't come easy in the fourth quarter. The Warriors were packing the paint making sure there wasn't any clear lanes. No matter what way you slice it, those corner threes were excellent looks. That's why none of the players were that upset after the game. They got what they wanted.

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I don't mind the shots at all down the stretch. What killed us was the TO's and defense. Although they were making some really tough shots, we let Klay Thompson do what he wanted all night long.

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YOU'RE CONTRADICTING YOURSELF!!

Not at all.....there's a difference between a high percentage play and an efficient one, and that's the point being argued. A corner three is an efficient shot, but not a high percentage one. When you're in the third quarter an efficient shot is great....when you're tied with 2 minutes to go a high percentage shot is what you're going for.

James was able to get wherever he wanted to on the court and he chose the easiest and laziest play possible, probably because Allen has delivered so many times already this season. Wade did the same, probably because of the earlier turnovers. I can understand why they did it but its still a stupid play.

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Not at all.....there's a difference between a high percentage play and an efficient one, and that's the point being argued. A corner three is an efficient shot, but not a high percentage one. When you're in the third quarter an efficient shot is great....when you're tied with 2 minutes to go a high percentage shot is what you're going for.

James was able to get wherever he wanted to on the court and he chose the easiest and laziest play possible, probably because Allen has delivered so many times already this season. Wade did the same, probably because of the earlier turnovers. I can understand why they did it but its still a stupid play.

dood, we're talking about the same thing.

call it what you will, but efficient shots are efficient shots.

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I get what Prophetic is trying to say, but Ray still converts that corner 3 at like 55%. That's a pretty high conversion rate. Battier converts his at 52% as well.

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