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Steve Kerr on Curry: "I know I wouldn't trade him for any point guard in the league, that's for sure."
Steve Kerr called the Heat "probably the biggest challenge we've faced all year," because of how well Heat execute. But held Mia to 38.8%.
Kerr, succinctly, on Curry: "He's unreal."
Steve Kerr: "In the second half we stepped up the defense... and that guy Steph Curry was not bad."
Heat shot 27 percent in the second half, and 17 percent in the fourth quarter.
The Heat begin with highest-scoring quarter of season and end with lowest-scoring quarter of season.
Warriors close w/ 19-2 run, win 114-97. Steph Curry goes for 40 on 19 shots. Plus 7 assists. And it didn't look esp. difficult for him.
Heat undone by late 14-0 Warriors run, lose 114-97. Bosh 26, Deng 16, Chalmers 14. Curry 40 for Golden State.
33-point swing in this one.
It's safe to say that Steve Kerr picked the right job
Warriors came in as top team in defensive efficiency. Gave up 62 in first half. Have given up just 34 in this one.
Heat scored 62 pts in first half and could fail to reach 100.
I would love to see Steph Curry in place of Kobe Bryant playing for the Lakers and allowed to shoot 35 times a game.
Chalmers is 0 for 8 from field since 1st quarter.
Curry with his eighth three-pointer and fans are filing out. Really? Warriors 104, Heat 95 3:29 left.
Steph Curry is not of this earth.
Napier now w/ 4 turnovers, Chalmers is 4-for-15, and Curry (35 points) is putting this game on ice.
Spoelstra was playing Napier-Cole-Chalmers together, until Cole took that 27-footer with 8 left on shot clock. Then summoned Deng.
Wade laughing about the McRoberts dunk attempt
McBob, holy crap, who knew?
This Heat team is fun to watch right now. They have no business playing this well.
Huge ovation for Ennis and his dunk. Although he didn't score previously, he crashed the boards with a purpose too.
Heat getting the full Ennis tonight. He's 2 of 8 from field, but so much more than that.
Both the Heat and the Warriors have each shot 10-for-18 from 3-point land. Curry is 7-10. Shawne Williams 3-3, Bosh 2-3, Deng 2-3.
Warriors lead the Heat 91-86 entering the final quarter. Curry has 30 points to lead all scorers. Bosh has 21 points, Deng 15, Chalmers 14.
Warriors lead, 91-86, after 3. Curry is 7-for-10 from 3, and has 30, plus 4 rebounds, 6 assists.
Warriors 91, Heat 86 at end of three. Curry with 30 points, including 7 of 10 on 3s. Klay with 18. Bosh with 21 and 8 for Heat. Deng with 15
End Q3: Warriors 91, Heat 86. Golden State has blown some chances to take control. Bosh: 21p, 8r. Curry: 30p, 6a. GSW still shooting 63%.
Curry effect there: Haslem shows hard, no one rotates behind him. Easy layup.
Steph Curry is 7 of 9 from three-point range...and after his seventh make he convulsed a little in celebration...and so did I.
Heat won't beat the Warriors by outshooting them. They'll need to do it by winning 50/50 balls, grabbing o. rebounds, creating turnovers,etc
Erik Spoelstra warned Sunday about Curry anywhere within 30 feet. He was right. Curry 7 of 9 on 3s.
The hustle and movement by Josh McRoberts tonight is encouraging.
Steph Curry is prancing, or something. And it's warranted. He's got 29.
Luol Deng's off-the-ball cuts clearly rubbing off on James Ennis, who has moved very well without the ball.
Shawne "Stretch" Williams now doing his Steph Curry imitation.
Napier replacing Cole on court has coincided with the ball getting to the right spots for the Heat
Curry is 7/8 on threes so far. He's got 24p, 3a, 3r.
Steph Curry now at the just-throwing-them-in stage.
When Steph Curry celebrates a three-point shot, you know it was a good shot.
Steph Curry ridiculous 3. Spoelstra timeout. Pattern established.
Cole now 1 of 7 from field. Splinted finger is on non-shooting hand,
Norris Cole, playing with a brace on his dislocated finger, is 1/7 FGs tonight.
Cole 0 for 3 on 3-pointers. Rest of Heat 8 of 10.
Klay Thompson gets his 3rd foul early in Q3, stays in.
But Bogut about to enter.
Bogut does not start second half for Warriors.
Heat lead 62-61 at half. Bosh w/ 17, Chalmers w/ 14. Curry had 18, and looks like he's just getting started.
Accounting for 3s, the Warriors are effectively shooting over 70 percent from the floor. And losing. Ridiculous half by the Heat.
So Warriors trim a 16-point deficit to 1 by halftime.
Heat, up 16 at one point, go into halftime up 62-61 on Warriors. Bosh with 17, Chalmers 14 and Deng 12. Curry with 18 for Warriors.
Bosh inside and outside tonight.
You can't keep a good Warriors offense down. Curry now with four threes. Heat 7 of 10 on 3s. Warriors 7 of 11.
Especially with Wade out, Chalmers has become the Heat's most vocal player, the one telling everyone else where they should be.
Warriors on an 8-0 run. Heat lead 54-44, 4:58 left in Q2. Chalmers leads with 14 pts, followed by Bosh (13) and Deng (10).
Spoelstra will need all his timeouts in this one. Curry gets crossed, comes back with 3. Warriors down 10.
Klay three, Steph three and, smartly, Spoelstra timeout.
Figured Curry and Thompson weren't going to keep quiet all game.
Josh McRoberts much more active tonight, appears to be getting into a flow.
Napier said the other night that teammates are demanding more aggressiveness from him. Shooting a 20-footer over Bogut should suffice.
Miami wasting nothing. Shooting 52% from the field, 6/9 threes and 8/9 FTs. Just 3 TOs so far.
Chalmers has outscored the Warriors Curry/Thompson backcourt.
With Napier's basket, the Heat are now 6-9 from 3-point range so far.
Napier loses the ball, punches it to McRoberts, ball back to Napier for a 3. Heat up 48-36 on Warriors, 6:50 left in Q2.
Shabazz Napier sets up Andrew Bogut for a 3-pointer. You read that right. Fun stuff so far.
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer among those in the crowd.
Heat 40, Warriors 34, 8:43 left in Q2. Chalmers, Bosh & Deng combined: 28p on 10/16.
Ennis: 3 pts, 4 assists, 3 rebounds.
Ennis running the spectrum with his play, but active, very active.
No middle ground for James Ennis tonight. High highs and low lows.
Steve Kerr to one of the Heat's minority partners, sitting in front row: "What a waste of money. You have to look at my a-- the whole game."
Shaun Livingston will devour Chalmers in the post. This is the problem with being so small.
That was Miami's highest point total for any quarter this season.
Heat's 36p in Q1 is their highest in any quarter all year.
36 points are the most the Heat have scored in a quarter this season.
That was the Heat's highest-scoring quarter of the season.
Considering the opponent, that was easily the Heat's best quarter of the season. Hung 36 on the No. 1 defense. Without Dwyane Wade.
Heat defense in Q1-- First 4 min: Allowed 16p on 7/8 FGs, forced 0 TOs. Last 8 min: Allowed 14p on 6/13 FGs, forced 3 TOs.
No shortage of points from either team in the first quarter. Heat up 36-30 vs Warriors. Chalmers leads team with 13 points, Deng 8, Bosh 7.
Mario Chalmers, coming off best week of his career, scores 13 in 1st Q, Heat lead Warriors, 36-30. Curry w/ 8.
So even with Wade sidelined, Heat go for 36 in first quarter, lead Warriors 36-30. Chalmers with 13 points.
Mario Chalmers must have collected a star before this game.
Chalmers with 3 of side inbounds. Already with 13 points.
Not reviewing Chalmers' three. It stands.