THE Golden State Warriors overcame a slow start and a dominant showing from Hassan Whiteside to turn back the Miami Heat, 107-95, at the Oracle Arena on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).
Trailing by 10 early on, Golden State unleashed a 13-0 run to open the second quarter and took a 10-point lead as well before the Heat held on to a 54-53 edge at the break. Whiteside dominated the Warriors in the first half with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Golden State came off the halftime break strong, but with the Heat within four late in the third, the Warriors threatened to pull away after scoring nine straight points bridging the final two quarters.
Whiteside then came alive after being held scoreless in the third, sparking a 14-4 run to trim the 13-point deficit down to three, 85-82, with over six minutes left in the game.
But Golden State found an unlikely hero from the bench in Ian Clark, who scored five points in an 8-2 counter run by the Warriors to push the lead back to nine at the four-minute mark. Then Kevin Durant and Steph Curry combined for 12 points in the Warriors 14-9 finish to secure the win.
Durant led the way for the Warriors with 19 of his 28 points in the second half, while Curry added 24 markers, nine assists and eight rebounds. Golden State opted to rest Klay Thompson for this game, but still improved to 33-6 as Draymond Green chipped in 13 markers and Clark scored 10 off the bench.
Whiteside had a monster double-double with 28 points and 20 rebounds to go with two blocks. But the Heat (11-29) lost their third in a row even with Tyler Johnson and Goran Dragic providing ample scoring support with 18 and 17 points, respectively.