The Golden State Warriors (20-13) made the long, lovely trek to South Beach for a date with the Miami Heat (24-7) on Thursday, Jan. 2. The Dubs assailed Miami's defense all evening long, and outlasted them for an impressive 123-114 win.
Stephen Curry tied an opponent record with eight three-pointers and led all players with 36 points and 12 assists. David Lee vexed Miami all night long—all night—and finished with 32 points and 14 rebounds.
LeBron James led the Heat with 26 points but also fumbled away a season-high eight turnovers. Dwyane Wade scored 22 points despite a balky back, but it wasn't enough to overcome the defending champs' weak D.
The Warriors shot the lights out in the first half (63 percent from the field, 75 percent from three-point range) and only their 13 turnovers kept the halftime lead modest at 65-61. The Heat trailed by just four points with 4:28 to go, but Golden State closed them out with yet another flurry of offense.
Golden State (21-13) extended its winning streak to seven games, and handed the Heat (24-8) just their third home loss of the season. It was the worst defensive showing of the season for Miami, both in terms of points and shooting percentage allowed.