All-star weekend is here! My weekend is booked.
But before we talk about anything all-star break related, I want to recap what was possibly one of the games of the year, Wednesday night in Oracle arena as the Miami Heat visited the Golden State Warriors. If you remember in the first match-up the Golden State Warriors beat the Miami Heat on the road back in January 123-114, Stephen Curry had a spectacular game scoring 38 point and converting on eight 3 pointers.
This time around the defending champs had this game circled on the calender.
The Heat were smothering the Warriors shooters, limiting Curry to 2 points in the first quarter (those points came on free throws), also limiting Klay Thompson to 3 points in the first quarter, one of the best traits of the Heat defense (when they are taking the game seriously) is their speed and how they’re able to cover and blitz pick n roll situations so well, and that was in full effect for most of the game. The Heat were up by 11 at halftime, and in the 3rd quarter the Heat led by as much as 21.
The NBA however, is a league of runs and the Warriors made the run in the 3rd quarter cutting the Heat lead to just 2 at the end of the 3rd. In the 4th quarter it was a battle, trading shots back and forth and went right down to the wire. After a killer 3 pointer by LeBron to put the Heat up 107-105 with 1 minute left, Steph Curry hit a tough shot to tie the game at 107-107, Lebron got fouled and made 1 of 2 at the foul line to give the heat a 108-107, but Steph Curry again answered the bell, converting on a lay-up while getting fouled in the process for a 3 point play putting the Warriors up 110-108 with 14 seconds left.
After opting not to take a timeout the Heat put the ball in the hands of the best player on the planet, LeBron James, and worked the clock all the way down to 5 seconds and took a ridiculous off-balance 3 pointer and absolutely drilled it with .2 second left, in the face of great defense by Andre Iguodala, giving the Heat the 111-110 win, the ball didn’t even touch the rim. Oracle arena was in complete silence and disbelief as they watched LeBron strut down the court doing his trade mark “bring down the roof” dance he does after every big shot he makes.
“I was going for the win the whole time,” The King said after the game “Better offense beats better defense every-time”
It was great shot and not much Iguodala could have done to change the outcome of that shot.
“We witnessed greatness,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “A special player, an all-time great, made a big-time shot.”
With the Heat victory this puts the Warriors back into the 8th seed in the west with the Memphis Grizzles trailing right behind them in the 9th spot, and this break is certainly needed for this Warriors squad as they try to figure out how to have a better second half to the season.