Curry's 36, Lee's 32 bury Heat

MIAMI — Stephen Curry scored 36 and handed out 12 assists, and David Lee scored 32 as the Warriors beat the Heat 123-114 Thursday and extended the league's longest current winning streak to seven games.

Curry was 13-for-22 from the field and 8-for-15 from beyond the arc for Golden State. Lee, a former Florida standout, added 14 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 16 and Harrison Barnes added 15 for the Warriors.

LeBron James scored 26 and Dwyane Wade 22 for the Heat, which had all five starters in double figures. Chris Bosh scored 19, Mario Chalmers had 17 and Shane Battier added 11 for Miami.

But the Heat allowed Golden State to shoot 56 percent, make 15 of 29 tries from 3-point range and finish with a 40-31 rebounding edge.

Curry became the first player with at least 36 points, 12 assists and eight 3-pointers in a game since Antoine Walker did it for Boston on Jan. 17, 2001. The 123 points was Golden State's second-best total of the season, two shy of what the Warriors put up on opening night against the Lakers, and the 15 3-pointers matched a season best.

About the only blip for the Warriors was turnovers. They had 20, which Miami turned in 32 points. Without those, the final result might have been a lot worse.

For a few seconds of the first quarter, the Warriors were shooting 11-for-13 for the game.

Even that wasn't good enough for the lead. That's how much offense reigned.

Somehow, the Warriors, despite shooting nearly 85 percent to that point, were trailing 29-28.

Golden State scored on 14 of its first 21 possessions and led 38-33 after the opening quarter, putting up the highest point total for any period against the Heat this season.

Minus Irving, Cavaliers end skid, top Magic in overtime

CLEVELAND — Anderson Varejao hit two crucial jumpers in overtime and tied a franchise record with a career-high 25 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers to an 87-81 win over the Magic.

The Cavaliers broke a season-high six-game losing streak while playing without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who missed his first game this season because of a bruised left knee. Irving averages a team-high 22.2 points.

Orlando couldn't hold a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, and Cleveland tied the score on Dion Waiters' layup with 0.6 seconds remaining.

Varejao's basket with 2:07 remaining in overtime put Cleveland ahead 83-81. He added another basket with 1:34 left and hit two free throws with 23.9 seconds remaining to finish with 18 points.

Glen Davis scored 16 for the Magic, which scored only two points in overtime. Orlando rookie guard Victor Oladipo, who came in averaging 12.9 points, didn't score until hitting a jumper in the fourth quarter. He finished with six points.

Game highlights: Joe Johnson hit a high-arching jumper as time expired to give the visiting Nets, who trailed by 16 in the second half, a 95-93 win over the Thunder.

Around the league: Nuggets coach Brian Shaw suspended point guard Andre Miller for two games for "conduct detrimental to the team," then held a meeting with the rest of the team, which has lost eight in a row. Miller, who begins the suspension today, was upset after not playing in a loss to the 76ers on Wednesday. Shaw didn't elaborate on why Miller was suspended but reports indicated Miller voiced his displeasure with Shaw over his lack of playing time. "It just came to a boiling point. We made a decision and we're moving forward," Shaw said. … Pau Gasol, named in reports as possibly being traded from the Lakers to the Cavs in a deal for Andrew Bynum, said he wants to remain in Los Angeles.

Warriors 123, Heat 114

GOLDEN STATE (123): Iguodala 3-6 0-0 8, Lee 13-17 6-7 32, Bogut 3-5 0-0 6, Curry 13-22 2-3 36, Thompson 6-15 0-0 16, Barnes 4-6 6-7 15, Green 2-5 0-0 4, Speights 1-4 2-2 4, Bazemore 1-1 0-0 2, Douglas 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 46-82 16-19 123.

MIAMI (114): James 10-16 5-8 26, Battier 4-5 0-0 11, Bosh 6-16 6-7 19, Chalmers 6-10 4-5 17, Wade 9-18 2-2 22, Allen 1-4 3-3 5, Andersen 0-1 2-2 2, Cole 2-4 3-3 7, Beasley 2-4 1-1 5. Totals 40-78 26-31 114.

Golden State 38 27 31 27— 123

Miami 33 28 26 27— 114

3-Point GoalsGolden State 15-29 (Curry 8-15, Thompson 4-9, Iguodala 2-2, Barnes 1-2, Douglas 0-1), Miami 8-18 (Battier 3-4, Wade 2-2, Bosh 1-2, Chalmers 1-3, James 1-4, Allen 0-1, Cole 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 47 (Lee 14), Miami 35 (Chalmers 7). AssistsGolden State 29 (Curry 12), Miami 20 (Wade, James 5). Total FoulsGolden State 24, Miami 19. TechnicalsGolden State Coach Jackson, Golden State defensive three second, Miami Coach Spoelstra. A20,350

Cavaliers 87, Magic 81 OT

ORLANDO (81): Harris 5-11 0-0 10, Davis 6-19 4-8 16, Maxiell 1-6 4-6 6, Nelson 5-9 0-0 14, Afflalo 5-15 0-0 12, Nicholson 5-11 2-2 12, Moore 1-2 0-2 3, Oladipo 3-9 0-0 6, Harkless 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 32-84 10-18 81.

CLEVELAND (87): Clark 2-10 0-0 4, Thompson 6-13 4-8 16, Varejao 8-17 2-4 18, Jack 5-16 3-3 14, Miles 4-8 3-3 14, Waiters 6-20 5-6 17, Zeller 0-0 0-0 0, Dellavedova 1-5 0-0 2, Bennett 0-4 0-0 0, Gee 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 33-96 17-24 87.

Orlando 23 16 23 17 2— 81

Cleveland 19 22 16 22 8— 87

3-Point GoalsOrlando 7-25 (Nelson 4-8, Afflalo 2-5, Moore 1-2, Nicholson 0-3, Harris 0-3, Oladipo 0-4), Cleveland 4-19 (Miles 3-5, Jack 1-2, Bennett 0-1, Dellavedova 0-3, Waiters 0-3, Clark 0-5). Fouled OutDavis. ReboundsOrlando 61 (Davis 13), Cleveland 69 (Varejao 25). AssistsOrlando 21 (Nelson 9), Cleveland 22 (Jack 7). Total FoulsOrlando 20, Cleveland 21. A14,248.

Bulls 94, Celtics 82

BOSTON (82): Green 5-18 0-0 11, Bass 3-8 0-0 6, Sullinger 5-12 1-1 11, Crawford 7-11 8-10 22, Bradley 3-10 3-6 9, Humphries 4-10 1-2 9, Olynyk 1-1 0-0 3, Lee 3-5 1-2 7, Wallace 0-0 0-0 0, Pressey 0-1 0-0 0, Faverani 1-5 2-2 4. Totals 32-81 16-23 82.

CHICAGO (94): Deng 6-12 2-2 14, Boozer 8-16 0-0 16, Noah 6-13 5-6 17, Hinrich 2-7 0-0 4, Butler 2-7 6-8 10, Gibson 5-13 2-4 12, Dunleavy 4-7 1-2 11, Augustin 1-6 6-6 8, Snell 0-2 0-0 0, Mohammed 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 35-84 22-28 94.

Boston 21 24 17 20— 82

Chicago 24 24 22 24— 94

3-Point GoalsBoston 2-12 (Olynyk 1-1, Green 1-4, Lee 0-1, Faverani 0-1, Pressey 0-1, Crawford 0-2, Sullinger 0-2), Chicago 2-15 (Dunleavy 2-2, Noah 0-1, Deng 0-2, Snell 0-2, Butler 0-2, Augustin 0-3, Hinrich 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 58 (Humphries, Sullinger 11), Chicago 53 (Noah 11). AssistsBoston 15 (Crawford 7), Chicago 26 (Noah 9). Total FoulsBoston 26, Chicago 19. TechnicalsBoozer, Dunleavy, Chicago Coach Thibodeau, Chicago defensive three second 2. Flagrant Fouls—Sullinger. A21,721.

Nets 95, Thunder 93

BROOKLYN (95): Johnson 4-11 0-0 9, Pierce 6-18 5-5 18, Garnett 2-4 0-0 4, Williams 10-17 3-3 29, Livingston 1-7 3-4 5, Plumlee 1-1 2-2 4, Kirilenko 3-3 3-4 9, Teletovic 1-2 0-0 3, Anderson 3-6 7-9 13, Terry 0-1 0-0 0, Evans 0-0 1-4 1. Totals 31-70 24-31 95.

OKLAHOMA CITY (93): Durant 8-13 5-5 24, Ibaka 5-9 0-1 10, Perkins 3-7 2-2 8, Jackson 4-13 1-1 9, Sefolosha 2-3 3-4 8, Adams 2-3 3-4 7, Lamb 3-7 2-2 9, Fisher 3-6 0-0 7, Jones 4-7 0-0 11, Collison 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-68 16-19 93.

Brooklyn 29 15 22 29— 95

Oklahoma City 26 33 18 16— 93

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 9-24 (Williams 6-9, Teletovic 1-2, Pierce 1-4, Johnson 1-6, Livingston 0-1, Terry 0-1, Anderson 0-1), Oklahoma City 9-22 (Jones 3-5, Durant 3-7, Lamb 1-2, Sefolosha 1-2, Fisher 1-3, Jackson 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 44 (Garnett 7), Oklahoma City 39 (Ibaka 11). AssistsBrooklyn 16 (Livingston, Williams 4), Oklahoma City 20 (Jackson 5). Total FoulsBrooklyn 20, Oklahoma City 23. TechnicalsJackson. A18,203.

Curry's 36, Lee's 32 bury Heat 01/02/14 [Last modified: Thursday, January 2, 2014 11:11pm]

© 2014 Tampa Bay Times

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...