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Warriors Blow Big Lead in Miami

Posted By Scott Johnston On Jan 1 2011 @ 10:58 pm In Golden State Warriors | 1 Comment

Thirty points. That’s what I told myself when the Warriors led by 20 tonight late in the 2nd half in Miami. Not enough. A thirty point lead against anyone, anywhere should be enough, but twenty? Twenty is one quarter of hoops. Twenty in Miami is nothing. Twenty is a loss.

Final score, Miami 114, Golden State 107. G’State gave it a great effort on this first day of the New Year, but in the end, it was just another loss. A game in which they played, once again, well enough to win, but didn’t.

In the first half, they were brilliant, Dorell Wright in particular. In his first game back since leaving the Heat this offseason, Wright nailed 4 of his 5 three point attempts and was 8-9 from the field for 20-first half points. But the writing was on the wall even before the teams headed to the locker room. Up 72-52, Golden State allowed Miami to end the half on a 6-0 run, and went to the break down 14.

In the 2nd half, the Warriors couldn’t keep up their impressive shooting, and after scoring 36 points in both the first and 2nd quarters, managed only 35 total in the final 24 minutes. In other words, it was only a matter of time. After three quarters, the 20-point lead was down to one, and the writing was on the wall.

In the 4th, Miami kept going to the rim, and the refs kept going to the whistle. The Heat shot 47 free throws for the game, and made 17 in the final quarter. Still, Miami only led 100-96 with just under 4 minutes left to play when Mario Chalmers drilled a 3-pointer to give Miami a 7-point lead.

Stephen Curry’s 3-pointer got Golden State back within six at 111-105 but that was a close as the Warriors would get. Wright, in another stellar effort, led all scorers with 30 points, while Monta Ellis chipped in with 25 of his own in another All-Star performance.

That’s how many points both Lebron James and Dwyane Wade scored to lead Miami, with Chris Bosh adding in 20 points and 11 boards. The big three were also a combined 30 of 42 from the charity stripe, getting to the line at will.

The Warriors can be proud of the effort they gave tonight in South Beach, and if they had been up by 30, they might have hung on and pulled off the upset. But up twenty in Miami? Not enough. Not nearly enough.

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