Warriors shrug off Heat's challenge
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Playing for the first time this season without backcourt mate Klay Thompson, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry compiled 24 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in Golden State's hard-fought, 107-95 victory over the road-weary and injury-plagued Miami Heat on Tuesday night.
Kevin Durant chipped in with 28 points as the Warriors (33-6) were able to overcome Heat center Hassan Whiteside's 28 points and 20 rebounds. Golden State recorded a fifth straight win over Miami.
Playing for the fifth time on a six-game trip, the Heat led by as many as 10 points in the first half and were up 54-53 at halftime on the strength of a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double by Whiteside in the first 24 minutes.
However, Durant opened the third period with a 3-pointer, and Golden State never trailed again, although the Heat wouldn't go away.
Down 13 early in the fourth quarter, the Heat got four hoops from Whiteside and a 3-pointer from backup James Johnson in a 14-4 burst that closed the gap to 85-82 with 6:35 to go.
Golden State made the last push, however, getting 2- and 3-point hoops from reserve guard Ian Clark to extend the margin, and then 2- and 3-pointers from Curry inside 2:00 to pull away to 102-89.
Clark, who saw 22 minutes of action in part because Thompson (illness) wasn't available, had 10 points. Draymond Green contributed 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Warriors, who have won two in a row since blowing a 24-point lead in a home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.
The Warriors shot 45.3 percent from the field and 40.7 percent on threes, hitting 11 of 27 from beyond the arc.
Twelve of Curry's points came on 4-for-11 3-point shooting.
Whiteside connected on 13 of his 17 shots for the Heat (11-29), who complete their 11-day trip Friday night at Milwaukee.
Tyler Johnson had 18 points, Goran Dragic 17 and James Johnson 14 for the Heat, who have lost four of five to start the trip.
Miami shot 42.7 percent from the field but misfired on 24 of its 30 3-point attempts.
NOTES: Warriors SG Klay Thompson (illness) missed a game for the first time this season and just the third time in the past two years. ... PG Stephen Curry and SF Kevin Durant are the only Warriors to have played all 39 games. ... The Heat, meanwhile, lead the league with 157 games missed due to injury or illness. ... The 20-20 game was C Hassan Whiteside's third of the season. He began the night tied for sixth in the league in double-doubles with 25.