OAKLAND (AP) — Shots were contested, and so many missed a target.
The Golden State Warriors had to get defensive and grub out a win — and manager Steve Kerr appreciated that kind of pull for a fortifying NBA champs.
Kevin Durant had 21 points and 8 rebounds to assistance a Warriors overcome their sharpened woes and kick a Miami Heat 97-80 in a singular low-scoring tour Monday night.
“It’s a good feeling to know if we concentration on holding caring of a basketball and personification plain invulnerability and concentration in on that finish unequivocally hopefully regardless of how a offense is we’re going to be in good position to win games,” Stephen Curry said. “Tonight was kind of a covenant to that.”
Draymond Green scored 18 points with a season-high 4 3s to go with 9 rebounds as a fortifying NBA champions won for a seventh time in their final 8 games, including 3 true in unilateral conform on their new highway trip.
The Warriors had scored 100 points in each regular-season diversion given their second-to-last matchup final season, a 105-99 improved to Utah as a regulars complacent or played singular mins forward of a playoffs. Golden State is 3-11 over a past 3 seasons when hold subsequent 100 points.
“I suspicion it was a best defensive bid of a year,” Kerr said. “It was a grind-it-out diversion and we suspicion we did a good pursuit of staying with it. We hold them to 80 points. That’s kind of a playoff character win where we have to grub it out, nothing’s easy.”
Curry total 16 points and Klay Thompson 13. The Warriors shot only 36.8% and 11 for 32 from deep. Durant total 6 assists and 3 blocks, creation all 10 of his giveaway throws as a Warriors shot 22 of 24 from a line.
“I only feel that’s East Coast basketball. If we wish to be a good group we’ve got to play opposite ways,” Durant said. “It’s a good exam for us.”
James Johnson scored 21 points off a dais and Goran Dragic contributed 19 points for Miami a night after squeaking out a 104-101 highway win opposite a Clippers.
Thompson missed his initial 4 three-point tries before joining late in a initial half as Golden State took a 50-37 lead into intermission. Curry was 1 for 9 in a initial half and Durant 3 for 8 — and they went a total 0 for 7 from low — before Golden State got going a bit after halftime.
Curry was strike with a technical during a 3:20 symbol of a initial entertain for an bend to Tyler Johnson while a Golden State star gathering to a basket.
Both teams were cold sharpened in a early going — Golden State 29.2% in a initial entertain to 38.1 by Miami, that committed 7 of a 23 turnovers in a period.
Heat core Hassan Whiteside played only 16-plus minutes, sharpened 1 of 9 for 3 points and 6 rebounds and sat many of a second half.
“This is one game, he understands how critical he is to a group to play during a high level, high appetite level, so we’ll pierce on to Phoenix and demeanour to have a most improved game,” manager Erik Spoelstra said.
KERR ON GUN CONTROL
Shootings hold Kerr personally. His father, Malcolm, was murdered on Jan. 18, 1984, as a President of American University of Beirut.
Kerr offering condolences and thoughts to victims of a Texas church sharpened that killed 26 — not to discuss a clever summary on gun control.
“It’s only awful, and that’s a prevalent view from all of us today,” Kerr said. “To solve it, we consider we roughly have to demeanour during it like a open health issue. Too often, we consider we get held adult in domestic rhetoric, Second Amendment rights, NRA stuff. We have to demeanour during this it has zero to do with partisanship or domestic parties.
“This has got to be a open reserve issue, a open health issue. We have to somehow get a supervision to cut by all a crap and get right to a indicate — a indicate of fact that is safety, that means a lot of things we can do but holding divided people’s Second Amendment rights. Let’s do a essential thing.”
Heat: Spoelstra perceived a technical for arguing late in a initial half. … Miami mislaid a fourth true on a Warriors’ home floor. … Starting G Dion Waiters is still divided from a group after he returned to Miami for a birth of his daughter Sunday morning.
Warriors: C David West had a night off for rest. “It’s a slight we’re going to follow all year,” Kerr pronounced of spelling West, Andre Iguodala and other veterans as needed. … Warriors good Al Attles is approaching behind during Oracle on Wednesday night, one day after his 81st birthday. Attles was hospitalized and missed a night honoring him Oct. 27. … Golden State has 10 or some-more 3s in all 11 games so distant — something a group did 14 uninterrupted times final season.
Heat: At Phoenix on Wednesday night.
Warriors: Host Minnesota on Wednesday night.
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