23 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists. Stephen Curry signed a triple-double on Tuesday in the NBA regular season for the 10th time in his career. But the Miami Heat was stronger than the Golden State Warriors (119-106). The Californians, outgoing champions, suffered a third consecutive defeat, after those conceded against Charlotte and Detroit, and slipped to 12th place in the Western Conference.
Decisive late-game butler
At the end of the first quarter, Miami had already created a small gap (33-24). But Golden State was then able to catch up and was only led by two small units (58-56) at the break. Upon returning from the locker room, the Warriors even took the game on their own (82-72, 28th), driven in particular by 11 points from Klay Thompson. The Florida franchise, however, quickly returned to the game (100-100, 38th).
The two teams then did not leave the score. Nearly two minutes from the buzzer, there was indeed 109-109 on the scoreboard. Then Jimmy Butler, the star of the Heat, made the difference. He scored five points, while at the same time Golden State, which was shooting only three points, saw all their attempts fail. A last shot from Gabe Vincent finally validated the success of Miami, thus ending a series of two losses (against Golden State, last Friday, and Sacramento).
24 points for Max Strus (Miami)
Stephen Curry was therefore the best scorer for the Warriors, with his 23 points (7/14 shooting including 4/10 at three points). But this is one of his weakest stats since the start of the season (after the 21 pts scored against Phoenix on October 26). His 13 rebounds and 13 assists are, however, his best performances in these registers, this season. And Curry continued his game streak with at least one three-point shot scored. It is now at 197.
Andrew Wiggins (21 pts) and Klay Thompson (19) were also effective in the California ranks. On the Miami side, Butler also scored 23 points (6/17 shooting including 2/7 three-pointers). But it was Max Strus, off the bench, who was the Heat’s leading scorer with 24 points. The Floridians will try, from Wednesday, to continue their momentum against Sacramento. Golden State will return to action on Thursday in Orlando.