Steve Curry’s hat-trick isn’t enough in the Warriors’ heat loss

The Golden State Warriors lost their third game in a row, losing 116-109 to the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. While the Warriors played better than they lost to the Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons, it wasn’t enough to win.

The Warriors kicked off their strength and showed a much improved defense early in the first quarter, leading 19-11. However, Golden State pentathlon starts haven’t been a problem for the Warriors this season, and once the starters were on the bench, those problems returned.

The Heat went at 22-5 in the last four minutes of the first quarter. Despite a strong start, Dubs found themselves trailing 33-24 at the end of the quarter due to the continuing second unit struggle.

The Warriors prevented Miami from widening the gap in the second quarter, thanks in large part to a strong half from Andrew Wiggins, who scored 14 points and 5 assists in the first half. However, offensive contributions from Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Max Strus helped the Heat maintain a 58-56 lead.

Klay Thompson scored nine points in the first four minutes of the second half to put Dubs ahead. Next, Steph Curry had an exciting run, scoring or assisting in five consecutive possessions to extend the Warriors to a double-digit lead.

The Heat saved with a cut-to-three potion, but Moses Moody made a pair of great plays, first finding JaMychal Green’s dipping cut, then defeating all three to put the Warriors ahead 94-86 heading into the fourth quarter.

Offensively, the Warriors had a choppy fourth quarter, enabling the Heat to return to the game. Dubs missed a huge opportunity with nearly 7:30 remaining in regulation. Leading by three, Green drove a two-for-one break and found Thompson just under the hoop, but Klay couldn’t convert. Instead, Kyle Lowry hit the ball wide and turned into a three-pointer by Duncan Robinson to tie the match.

With less than two minutes remaining, Curry fouled a three-point shot that would have given the Warriors a chance to tie the match. However, Heat coach Eric Spoelstra challenged the call, and the call was cancelled.

Dubs had a stopping point on the subsequent possession, but Thompson missed an open three at the top of the key. With the Heat trying to advance with two possessions in the last minute, Golden State’s defense rose once again to the action and was forced to fade as shot time expired.

After the timeout expired, the Warriors drew a play to get Thompson fast with a triple, but the Splash Brother’s smaller struggles continued. This time, The Heat made The Dubs pay for an empty possession with Butler dropping a mid-range dagger to give the Heat a 114-109 lead with 9.5 seconds remaining.

Curry finished the game with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists in a 7-for-14 shot from the field, his first hat-trick of the season. Wiggins had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and was the best +12 team at plus/minus. Thompson scored 19 points from 18 shots from the field.

On the other side, Strauss and Robinson combined to score 41 points from the bench. Gabe Vincent, the other bench player for Miami, finished a game high +29. With Butler, Adebayo and Kyle Lowry all in double figures with no fewer than 5 rebounds and 6 assists, it was enough to push the Heat across the finish line.

Now 3-5, the Warriors continue their Florida wild ride Thursday in Orlando against the Magic.

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