Miami is looking to extend their current three-game winning streak, and are also playing in the third game of a three-game homestand. They started their stand with a 114-94 win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday then defeated the Atlanta Hawks 101-93 in overtime on Monday. After tonight's game, they'll play two on the road, against the Boston Celtics on Saturday and the New York Knicks on Sunday.
The Warriors are playing in the fifth game of a seven-game road trip. They defeated the Phoenix Suns, 112-104 on Wednesday, lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 137-105 on Friday, then were victorious against the Los Angeles Clippers, 115-112 on Saturday and 102-92 over the Hawks on Monday. They'll go on to play the Orlando Magic tomorrow night and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.
The last time Miami faced the Warriors was on January 11th, in Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. The 35-2 Warriors defeated 22-15 Miami by a 111-103 final score behind 31 points and six assists for Stephen Curry. Draymond Green scored 22 with 12 rebounds and six helpers, Klay Thompson scored 17 with seven boards, and Harrison Barnes had 12 with six rebounds off the bench. Dwyane Wade led six Heat players in double figures with 20 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. Chris Bosh scored 15 with a dozen rebounds, Gerald Green scored 15 off the bench, and Luol Deng scored 14 with 10 boards.
It's one of those where you look up and it's like `Wow, 36-2, that's crazy. It's a high school record. But we're just trying to stay in the moment. - Warriors guard Shaun Livingston
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Miami's last game would see them defeat the Indiana Pacers, 101-93 in overtime on Monday. Goran Dragic scored a team-high 24 points with eight rebounds and five assists, Hassan Whiteside had 19 points with 18 rebounds and six blocks, and Justise Winslow scored 15 with seven rebounds, four assists and four steals off the bench. Paul George scored a game-high 31 with 11 boards and four helpers, and Myles Turner pitched in with 16 and five rebounds before fouling out.
What's going to break us? That's the character of this team. We're tough. - Wade
The Warriors defeated the Hawks, 102-92 on Monday to reach 50 wins faster than any team in NBA history. Curry scored 36 with eight assists and six rebounds, Thompson had 27, and Harrison Barnes scored 14 with four rebounds. Al Horford scored 23 points with 16 rebounds to lead the Hawks, and also saw Dennis Schroder score 18 points with six assists.
Fifty wins is great, but we've got to keep plugging away and staying hungry, because nobody wants to talk about that in June. - Curry
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GameTime: 7:30PM, FS Sun, CSN Bay Area
All-Time Head to Head: The Heat and Warriors have evenly split their 54 games, at 27 apiece.
Miami Heat: 32-24, .571, on pace for 47-35. First in the Southeast Division, third in the Eastern Conference, eighth in the NBA. Last Five: L-L-W-W-W. Playoff Odds: 95.6%
Golden State Warriors: 50-5, .909, on pace for 75-7. First in the Pacific Division, first in the Western Conference, first in the NBA. Last Five: W-W-L-W-W. Playoff Odds: 100.0%
Miami Heat: Beno Udrih (foot) is expected to be out until February 27th. Chris Bosh (calf) may return on March 15th, and Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is expected to return maybe around April 2nd.
Golden State Warriors: James McAdoo (toe) and Anderson Varejao are game-time decisions, and Festus Ezeli (knee) will be out for at least another month.
Probable Starting Lineups
PG - Goran Dragic
SG - Dwyane Wade
C - Amar'e Stoudemire
SF - Luol Deng
PF - Justise Winslow
Golden State Warriors
PG - Stephen Curry
SG - Klay Thompson
C - Andrew Bogut
SF - Harrison Barnes
PF - Draymond Green
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