LeBron James scored 36 points and notched 13 rebounds to help the Miami Heat edge the Golden State Warriors, 111-110. The Heat shot lights out in this one, going 42-78 (53.8%) from the field, including 10-22 (45.5%) from three-point range. This is the eighth win for Miami (37-14) in its last 10 games.
James finished 14-26 from the field (4-8 on 3-point attempts) in a strong performance. Other top contributors for Miami included Chris Bosh with 19 points and 5 rebounds, and Mario Chalmers with 12 points and 7 assists. Stephen Curry had another big game for Golden State despite the loss, scoring 29 points on 8-14 shooting (4-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 9-9 from the free throw line. He also registered 7 assists and 5 rebounds. David Lee contributed 21 points and 11 rebounds.
The sharp-shooting offense of Miami played well despite facing the defense of Golden State that ranks third-best in the league at contesting shots (47.7% opponents' eFG%), ending the contest with an eFG% of 60.3%. The Heat combined an eFG% of 60.3% with 45.5% 3-point shooting. They are 13-3 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Warriors, on the other hand, are 3-5 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Golden State (31-22) to 1-1 against Miami on the year.
Coming up next, the Heat square off against the Dallas Mavericks, who are 32-22 on the year. The Warriors match up with the Sacramento Kings, currently 18-35 this season. The Heat are 1-0 versus Dallas this season. The Warriors have been victorious in their last two games against Sacramento.
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