If you wanted the perfect example of a team finding a way to lose a game, 10:25 PT on a typical Bay Area night, when the Golden State Warriors faced the Miami Heat, was an ideal time to turn on a your television set.
The Warriors were defeated in a "shoot yourself in the foot" game against the Heat with a 130-129 final result.
Jamaal Crawford scored a game-high 40 points on his home debut in a Warriors number-six jersey. He also had seven assists to accompany that.
Corey Maggette, who partially cost the Warriors the game, scored 29 points and had five rebounds. Stephen Jackson was affected by a finger injury suffered against the Cleveland Cavaliers on the East Coast Road Trip, and had eight points and 11 assists.
Andris Biedrins rebounded back from the poor performance on the East Coast road trip with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Dwayne Wade had 37 points and 13 assists. Rookie Michael Beasely, who made the game winning play for the Heat, went for 19 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes.
Udonis Haslem, who sent the game to overtime, had 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Before the game, I expected a bounce-back game from the Warriors, which is what truly occurred. The Warriors led for most of the way, but it seemed like the Heat were dictating the game at their own desired tempo; which ultimately gave them the advantage.
Jamaal Crawford looked like an All-Star in the first half of the contest; dishing assists, getting fouled twice shooting threes (including a four point play), and efficiently driving to the basket.
But the problem wasn't in the first three quarters of the game, it was the typical poor fourth quarter display the Warriors executed. They had a great chance to finish off the game, but could not buy a defensive rebound.
Warriors' scrappy defense forced Wade into a missed jumper, only for Haslem to catch it under the basket and tie the game at 115, giving the Warriors their second overtime experience this year.
Why were Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf not on the floor together for that final shot, especially after failing to inhale a sole rebound in the last 13.2 seconds of regulation? I hope Don Nelson can answer that.
In the start of OT, Warriors' play-by-play broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald said, "Now, who ever scores the first couple of buckets in OT, goes on to win the game." And what a statement that was.
In OT, Maggette hit two clutch free throws to put the Warriors up by four (127-124). With THREE fouls to give on the next Heat possession, Wade was able to drive through the basket for a three point play. After leading by three, the Warriors now led by one.
Just a minute after, Crawford had hit a pair of free throws to put the Warriors up by three. Maggette left Heat guard Chris Quinn shoot an uncontested three, with seven seconds left and rookie Michael Beasley stole the following inbounds pass.
Beasley hit both free throws and put the game on the line with 3.2 seconds left in OT. The Warriors had to take two timeouts before finally inbounding the ball to Crawford who missed a runner to the rim.
Worthy of mention was Wade's air ball that Crawford rebounded, but was called for stepping out of bounds.
In total, the Warriors wrapped a "how to give an opponent a chance to win gift" and delivered it to the Heat. The Heat responded and stole a heartbreaking game.
Personally, I kept saying to myself that if they lost the game, I would be satisfied as a fan. But to lose this game in this choatic fashion by shooting yourself in the foot was incredibly painful!
- Marco Belinelli, Rob Kurz, Anthony Morrow, and Marcus Williams were all on the inactive list. Essentially, Don Nelson went with a seven man rotation
- Kelenna Azubuike missed his second game of the season for unknown reasons.
- Turiaf had five blocks tonight, including a crucial one that could have changed the game against Wade in regulation.
- CJ Watson was fantastic, getting eight points, three assists, and four incredible steals that helped push the Warriors into that temporary fourth quarter lead.
- The Warriors are 5-13. The Los Angeles Clippers are 3-13 entering tomorrow's game against the Dallas Mavericks. At least we look better than Baron Davis' team.
- I'm really starting to believe this: Baron Davis to L.A was a move that screwed two franchises.
- Finally, I would like to thank Robert Rowell for running the show. Hats off for Bobby.