Finally, the Miami Heat got that winning feeling.
Yes, it's only preseason but given the change the Heat franchise have experienced these last four months of adjusting to a new era of Miami basketball, winning was an acceptable familiar feeling. Miami used a rapid fourth quarter rally to defeat the Golden State Warriors 115 -108. With the victory, the Miami Heat won it's first preseason game in five tires.
Chris Bosh led the way with 21 points while newcomers Luol Deng and Shawne Williams added 19. Williams also was perfect from beyond the arc by making all five 3-point field goals. Mario Chalmers added 13 points.
For the Warriors, Klay Thompson led all scorers with 27 points while David Lee added 22 on 11 of 11 shooting. With the loss, the Warriors registered it's first loss in the 2014 preseason.
Golden State, who led for much of the the game took a 56-47 lead at the half and built their lead to 12 points in the 3rd period before Miami started their rally by outscoring the Warriors 32-13 in the final period.
With the Heat trailing 103-102 late, Chalmers hit a 3-pointer to give Miami the lead. Rookie Shabazz Napier followed with another three to extend the Heat lead late in the 4th quarter on the way to victory.
Coach Erik Spoelstra spoke of the team staying the course despite the early struggles in the first half.
"It was good to see guys gut it out."
Spo also added,
"We just kept digging and finding a way.
Dwyane Wade had a quiet 10 point night on 5-10 shooting in 23 minutes. Chalmers, who played most of the game at the two-guard spot in the win spoke of the importance of channeling his inner Wade
I was moving without the ball and I was able to get wide open. I have to take a page out of D-Wade's book moving without the ball.
Six Heat players scored in double figures.
The Miami Heat return to the hardwood tonight with a rematch vs. the defending NBA Champions, the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center 8:30pm EST.