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Warriors slip past Heat 97-95

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm •  Published: December 12, 2012
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MIAMI (AP) — The Golden State Warriors used a savvy play by a rookie and took advantage of a defensive breakdown to surprise the Miami Heat on Wednesday.

Draymond Green, a second-round draft pick out of Michigan State, made a layup with 0.9 seconds left give the Warriors a 97-75 win over the Heat.

The Heat left him open under the basket as there was miscommunication between Ray Allen and Shane Battier.

"With the last shot, Coach didn't point out who specifically was going to take the shot," Green said. "We were going to find out who was open and make the best play. Of course guys are going to go with Klay (Thompson) and Steph (Curry). I just happened to be wide open and (Jarrett Jack) found me."

Klay Thompson tied a season high with 27 points to lead the Warriors, who have won five straight.

"We're on fire right now," Thompson said. "We're going to continue building on this. This is a special win. We haven't played the best competition the last few games but with the Miami Heat, we're showing people we're going to bring it every night. We have a chance to be special."

LeBron James led Miami with 31 points as he reached the 20-point mark for the 25th consecutive game, the longest current streak in the NBA.

After the game, James talked to Green to congratulate him.

"He played hard, it was great competition out there between me and him," James said. "I've also respected him especially in college, a big-time player and no one really gave him a shot, but you can tell he knows how to play the game.

"Any team that got him he will find a way to get minutes because he knows how to play the game and (Golden State) is a good fit for him. It was good to see him out there."

Jack dribbled the ball at the top of the key for the Warriors on the final possession as the clock ticked down before finding Green open underneath the basket.

"I was about to shoot it," Jack said. "... I was about to jump and in the corner of my eye I saw Draymond and I was able to make the pass and he converted the basket."

Green caught the pass in mid-air and made the basket as Battier was late in coverage.

"I think I showed too early," Battier said. "It was my responsibility. I got anxious. They made a nice play and burned for us our over-anxious play out there, my over-anxious play."

James' jumper from the baseline banged off the rim giving Golden State the win as Miami lost for just the second time in 12 home games and did not score in the final 3:18.

"You have to give Golden State a lot of credit for this road trip they are on right now, five straight," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It doesn't matter where you're doing that on the road, that's impressive. They took control of this game. They were playing more consistently with more force, more rhythm, execution, and they dug out a good win tonight."

David Lee scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Jack added 20 points off the bench for the Warriors.

Wednesday's victory over the NBA champs adds to their best start since 1991-92 improving to 15-7 and 9-4 on the road.

Golden State took a 77-74 lead into the fourth quarter after leading for most of the third.

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