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Warriors 123, Heat 114

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MIAMI -- Guard Stephen Curry scored 36 points as the Golden State Warriors, the hottest team in the NBA with seven consecutive wins, knocked off the two-time defending champion Miami Heat 123-114 Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Warriors and Curry dented the Heat's defense for the highest totals by an opposing team and player this season.

Curry, who set an NBA record last season with 272 3-pointers, made eight of 15 attempts from long distance Thursday. Overall, he made 13 of 22 shots from the floor and two of three from the foul line. He also had a game-high 12 assists.

Forward David Lee added 32 points for the Warriors, who shot 56.1 percent from the floor. Warriors guard Klay Thompson added 16 points, and forward Harrison Barnes came off the bench to score 15 points.

The Heat (24-8) won eight of their previous nine games, but they could not stop the Warriors' offense.

Miami forward LeBron James finished with a team-high 26 points and a season-high eight turnovers.

Four other Heat players scored in double figures: guard Dwyane Wade with 22 points, forward Chris Bosh with 19 points, guard Mario Chalmers with 17 points and forward Shane Battier with 11 points.

Golden State (21-13) shot a blistering 79 percent in the first quarter to take a 38-33 lead. The Warriors made 15 of 19 shots, including five of six 3-pointers.

It was the most points the Heat allowed in any quarter all season.

The Warriors cooled off in the second quarter, shooting 47 percent, but they still led 65-61 at halftime.

The Warriors outscored the Heat 31-26 in the third quarter to take a 96-87 lead. Curry, who had nine points in the first quarter and five in the second, heated up in the third with 14 points.

NOTES: Warriors coach Mark Jackson said before the game that Miami's LeBron James is the best small forward in NBA history. Jackson also praised his own player, PG Stephen Curry. "He's healthy for the first time in a long time," Jackson said. "He's a superstar and as good a shooter as this league has ever seen." ... The Heat allowed 94 points per game in November, but that number rose to 100 in December. ... Heat Gs Dwyane Wade (back spasms) and Norris Cole (face injury) were cleared to play. ... Heat F Chris "Birdman" Andersen, who missed the past three games because of back spasms, also was cleared. ... While preparing to take 3-point shots in the corner, Warriors SG Klay Thompson stepped out of bounds -- twice -- in the first quarter. ... Up next, the Warriors play the fourth of a seven-game road trip at Atlanta. ... The Heat take a short trip to play the Orlando Magic on Saturday.
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