The Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors met Wednesday night to wrap up their schedules before the All-Star break, and at the end of a seesaw thriller, LeBron James connected on a game-winning rainbow with 0.2 seconds remaining to deliver the 111-110 win.
James finished with a game-high in points (36), rebounds (13) and assists (nine). Chris Bosh added 19 points, and Michael Beasley chipped in 16 off the bench.
Stephen Curry was held to two points in the first quarter, but he busted out for 29 points on the evening. He nearly delivered the victory with a three-point play that gave his team the lead with 14 seconds left, but then LeBron flexed and the matrix responded.
David Lee put down 21 points with 11 rebounds, and Klay Thompson added 17. Draymond Green brought his lunch pail to work and tallied eight points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
The Heat (37-14) held Golden State to 38.6 percent shooting in the first half and claimed a 57-46 lead. They stretched the lead to as large as 21, but they also allowed the Dubs to score 36 points in the third quarter alone. It was a nail-biter down the stretch, but LeBron won the battle of clutchness with the final dagger.
Welcome to the All-Star festivities! The Rising Stars game is on Friday night (9 p.m. ET on TNT), with the various contests (dunk, skills and three-point) on Saturday. Then the grand showcase of stars comes on Sunday evening as East meets West (8 p.m. ET on TNT).