DION Waiters tied his career-high 33 points for the second straight game and made the feat sweeter with the game-winning triple as the Miami Heat stunned the Golden State Warriors, 105-102, at the American Airlines Arena on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
The Heat led by 10, 98-88, late in the fourth before an 8-0 run capped by Kevin Durant’s triple got the Warriors within two heading into the final two minutes. Waiters had his second straight 30-point game with a trey of his own, but Durant and Shaun Livingston answered back with two buckets in the paint to cut the lead to one, 101-100, with 21 ticks left.
Goran Dragic split his charities in the next play and Durant broke loose for a slam to tie the game at 102. But Waiters matched his career-high with the game-winning triple for Miami with 0.6 seconds left and the Heat went on to nab their fourth win in a row after Steph Curry’s three missed at the buzzer.
Waiters sank six triples in the game, two in the final minute, and got great scoring support from Dragic, who had 19 points. Babbitt had 11 markers, and Hassan Whiteside added a double double of 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Heat (15-30).
Miami stormed to a 25-14 lead early but saw Golden State go on a 20-3 run to regain control in the second quarter and take a slim 48-46 edge at the half.
The Warriors led by six late in the third but the Heat countered with a 15-2 blitz to take an 80-73 lead early in the fourth. Klay Thompson gave Golden State momentary control before another 13-3 blitz by Miami put them up nine, 93-84, near the midway point of the period, where things got testy between Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia and Heat’s Luke Babbitt.
Golden State had their seven-game win run halted and fell to 38-7. Durant led the way with 27 points, and Thompson added 22. Curry fell two assists short from notching a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and eight dimes.