The day after their worst defeat of the season in Orlando, the Warriors, without injured Stephen Curry, nor Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Otto Porter Jr left to rest, went to win with authority on the floor of the Heat, dominating the last 10 minutes 37-20 thanks to the quartet Jordan Poole – Andrew Wiggins – Jonathan Kuminga – Damion Lee and an intractable defense.
Jimmy Butler had however started the match in an ideal way, scoring 10 of his team’s 23 points in the first quarter to give them an 11-point lead (23-12). Seven straight points from Jordan Poole immediately revived the Warriors and thanks to their defense, they passed an 18-2 Heat to take the lead (30-25). Despite a Jonathan Kuminga festival, it was the awakening of Kyle Lowry and Bam Adebayo that allowed Miami to equalize just before the break (50-50).
So far moribund, Andrew Wiggins scores eight points in a row to start the second half. Poole follows suit with three 3-pointers in a row and the Warriors pass a 19-0 Heat in four minutes, while Jimmy Butler and Udonis Haslem must be separated during a stormy timeout (69-50)! Despite everything, Miami reacts immediately. The PJ Tucker – Bam Adebayo duo hardened the game, and an award-winning shot from Kyle Lowry brought the Heat down to -1 (81-80).
With the momentum for their part and the tendency of the Warriors to crack late in the game, we imagine that the men of Erik Spoelstra will continue their momentum but it is the defense of Golden State that steals the show. It limits Miami to 38% success on shots while eight straight points from Andrew Wiggins at the end of the match seal the victory for the Dubs!
WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER
– The Jordan Poole – Jonathan Kuminga show. Every time Steve Kerr has rested his executives by choice or force, his young shoots have responded. Tonight, it was again the case for Jordan Poole and Jonathan Kuminga. The former took his role as leader to heart, delivering a performance of incredible accuracy. He scored 9 points in the first, third, and last quarters to allow his team to pick up the score, widen the gap, and take a decisive advantage. Kuminga, meanwhile, continues to impress with his physical impact but also with his capital progression since the start of the season. The winger knows his role by heart and he has taken several steps in his reading of the game to be able to put pressure on the opposing defence. If the Warriors manage to pair these two with their “Big Three” and Wiggins, they can hurt. Will they get there this season? Case to follow.
– 42-13 for the Golden State bench. In addition to the performance of Poole and Kuminga, but also those of Wiggins in the second half and Kevon Looney (16 rebounds), it is the contribution of Damion Lee (22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists), Gary Payton Jr (11 points) and Nemanja Bjelica (9 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) who must have pleased Steve Kerr. Opposite, the Heat substitutes finished the game at 5 of 24 on shots, unable to take back the Warriors defense. These performances are particularly noteworthy as Lee and Bjelica had been on the street for several weeks, and Payton has missed several games in the last two weeks through injury. Draymond Green and Steve Kerr were waiting for an answer from their team, they got it. To see now if the Warriors can continue.
– The Jimmy Butler – Udonis Haslem altercation. At the heart of the Warriors 19-0 to start the third quarter. Jimmy Butler and Udonis Haslem had to be separated. It seems Butler lit the fuse and the situation escalated after Haslem repeated “I’ll beat your ass” several times. If we know that the two players are hot-blooded, Erik Spoelstra’s reaction says a lot. Normally impassive, the Heat coach also had words for Butler. After the defeat against Philadelphia, however deprived of Joel Embiid and James Harden, we can conceive that taking the water against the young Warriors did not go well.
✅ Jordan Poole. By scoring 30 points on 10 of 18 on shots, including 7 of 13 from 3-pointers, Jordan Poole became the 3rd Warrior in history, after Curry and Durant, to score more than 20 points in 11 straight games. He also delivered 9 assists.
✅ Jonathan Kuminga/Andrew Wiggins. The two wingers each scored 22 points and each had their half time. Kuminga scored 14 points before the break, while Wiggins added 20 points in the second half.
✅ Kyle Lowry. The Heat leader held the house for a long time, scoring 22 of his 26 points in the first three quarters, before sinking in the last quarter like the rest of his teammates.
✅ Bam Adebayo. Determined to bring the Heat back on the heels of the Warriors in the third quarter, Adebayo finished with 25 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists.
⛔ Jimmy Butler. The Heat star scored 10 of his 20 points in the first 7 minutes before disappearing from circulation. His aggression dropped completely after the altercation with Udonis Haslem. He only took four shots in the second half.
⛔ Victor Oladipo. Sixth luxury man for the Heat, the former Pacer got through, finishing the game 3 of 11 on shots. Like Klay Thompson, however, let’s be lenient with him. It was only his fourth game since returning to competition.
Golden State (48-25): the Warriors continue in Atlanta on Friday night
Miami (47-26): the Heat will try to revive against the Knicks at home