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Friday, Dec. 14, 2012
Heat falter against Warriors
MIAMI — The Golden State Warriors used a savvy play by a rookie and took advantage of a defensive breakdown to surprise the Miami Heat on Wednesday.
Draymond Green, a second-round draft pick out of Michigan State, made a layup with 0.9 seconds left give the Warriors a 97-95 win over the Heat.
The Heat left him open under the basket because of miscommunication between Ray Allen and Shane Battier.
"With the last shot, coach didn't point out who specifically was going to take the shot," Green said. "We were going to find out who was open and make the best play. Of course guys are going to go with Klay (Thompson) and Steph (Curry). I just happened to be wide open and (Jarrett Jack) found me."
Klay Thompson tied a season high with 27 points to lead the Warriors.
"We're on fire right now," Thompson said. "We're going to continue building on this. This is a special win. We haven't played the best competition the last few games but with the Miami Heat, we're showing people we're going to bring it every night. We have a chance to be special."
LeBron James led Miami with 31 points as he reached the 20-point mark for the 25th consecutive game, the longest current streak in the NBA.
After the game, James talked to Green to congratulate him.
"He played hard, it was great competition out there between me and him," James said. "I've (always) respected him especially in college, a big-time player and no one really gave him a shot, but you can tell he knows how to play the game.
"Any team that got him he will find a way to get minutes because he knows how to play the game and (Golden State) is a good fit for him. It was good to see him out there."
Jack dribbled the ball at the top of the key for the Warriors on the final possession as the clock ticked down before finding Green open underneath the basket.
"I was about to shoot it," Jack said. ". . . I was about to jump and in the corner of my eye I saw Draymond and I was able to make the pass and he converted the basket."
Jazz 99, Spurs 96
In Salt Lake City, Mo Williams made a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Utah, snapping San Antonio's five-game winning streak.
Paul Millsap led the Jazz with 24 points and 12 rebounds and Al Jefferson scored 21 points.
Tim Duncan and Tony Parker each scored 22 points to lead the Spurs, who had won 11 of the last 12 meetings.
Thunder 92, Hornets 88
In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 35 points and the Thunder extended their winning streak to nine.
Clippers 100, Bobcats 94
In Charlotte, Chris Paul had 19 points and 10 assists to help Los Angeles extend its longest win streak in two decades to eight.
Nets 94, Raptors 88
In Toronto, Joe Johnson scored 23 points, and Andray Blatche had 14 points and nine rebounds to help Brooklyn end a five-game skid with a win over the Raptors.
Celtics 117, Mavericks 115 (2OT)
In Boston, Paul Pierce scored 34 points, including a 3-pointer at the start of the second overtime that gave the Celtics the lead for good.
Suns 82, Grizzlies 80
In Phoenix, Goran Dragic made a short hook shot from the left baseline with 0.5 seconds remaining to help the Suns end a seven-game slide.
Bulls 96, 76ers 89
In Philadelphia, Joakim Noah scored 21 points, and Luol Deng added 19 points and 12 rebounds as Chicago won its fourth in a row.
Bucks 98, Kings 85
In Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 19 points, and Monta Ellis chipped in with 17 points and 11 assists for the hosts.
Pacers 96, Cavaliers 81
In Indianapolis, Paul George scored 27 points to help Indiana overcome a 16-point deficit in a win over Cleveland.
Timberwolves 108, Nuggets 105
In Minneapolis, Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Minnesota used a big advantage at the free throw line to overcome Kevin Love's shooting struggles and beat Denver.
Hawks 86, Magic 80
In Orlando, Josh Smith and Jeff Teague scored 16 points apiece and Al Horford added 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Rockets 99, Wizards 93
In Houston, James Harden scored 31 points and the Rockets got their first victory under coach Kevin McHale in over a month.