Miami opened its trip with consecutive losses to New Orleans and Phoenix before both Dwayne Wade and Jason Williams returned from injuries to lead the Heat to a 118-89 win over Portland on Sunday.
Wade had 31 points, seven assists and six steals, and Williams had 20 points and eight assists. Both sat out Miami’s 111-93 loss to the Suns on Friday.
“I don’t think it would have made any difference who we played tonight, I know they would have gotten our best effort,” Heat coach Pat Riley said. “No doubt getting Dwyane and Jason back helps immensely.”
The Heat shot a season-high 58.8 percent from the field and made 10 3-pointers against the Trail Blazers. Wade hit 13 of 17 field-goal attempts and has shot 70 percent or better in three of his last six games.
“We came out with a tremendous amount of energy,” Wade said. “Of course, me and J-Will are the starting backcourt, so we’ve got to provide a lot of it, but everybody came out with focus tonight.”
Shaquille O’Neal finished with only 12 points for Miami after being held to eight against Phoenix. He’ll be looking to bounce back in Oakland, where he’s averaged 31.0 points and 12.0 rebounds in his last 10 games.
Miami has won three straight over Golden State, and is 15-4 in the last 19 games in the series.
The Warriors won three in a row to end December after a season-high five-game skid, but have lost their first two games this month. Golden State hasn’t played in nearly a week since a 99-89 defeat to Indiana last Thursday.
Mike Dunleavy had 19 points for the Warriors, who trailed 34-14 after the first quarter before cutting the lead to four points with 2:21 left in the contest.
“We’re having a miserable time starting games,” Golden State coach Mike Montgomery said. “We don’t seem to play until we’re down 10 or 20. I just don’t understand it.”
The Warriors, third in the NBA in 3-pointers made with 268, hit 3 of 20 from beyond the arc against the Pacers. Point guard Derek Fisher missed all eight of his shot attempts, including six from 3-point range.
“That’s how it is sometimes, you’re going to have off-shooting days where we’re not always going to be able to shoot 60 percent from the 3-point line,” Warriors rookie Ike Diogu said. “Today it was just one of those days. Normally we’re a decent shooting team, so it was one of our off nights.”