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Stephen Curry, David Lee spark Warriors by Heat

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Stephen Curry scored 36 points and added 12 assists, while David Lee added 32 points and 14 rebounds to help the Golden State Warriors beat the Miami Heat, 123-114. The Warriors had an impressive game shooting the ball, finishing 46-82 (56.1%) from the field, including 15-29 (51.7%) from beyond the arc. Golden State (21-13) has now won seven straight contests, dating back to a 102-83 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on December 21st.

Curry shot 13-22 from the field (8-15 on 3-point attempts) in a quality performance offensively. LeBron James had another big game for Miami in the loss, scoring 26 points on 10-16 shooting (1-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-8 from the free throw line.

As expected, the edge on the defensive glass went to the Warriors (87.2% DR%), who took advantage of the Heat 30th-ranked offensive rebounding (17.8% OR% on the season). Meanwhile, the Warriors rank second in the NBA at collecting defensive rebounds with a DR% of 76.7%. Along with their eFG% of 65.2%, the Warriors connected at a rate of 51.7% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 8-1 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Heat are 3-4 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

Coming up next, the Warriors square off against the Atlanta Hawks, who are 18-14 on the year. The Heat match up with the Orlando Magic, currently 10-22 this season. The Heat have been victorious in their last two games against Orlando.


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