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Heat-Warriors Preview
Draymond Green

Heat-Warriors Preview

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 12:43 p.m. ET

It's been a month since the Miami Heat lost back-to-back road games but that streak is in jeopardy in the next stop on their season-high trip.

The Heat will try to end the Golden State Warriors' perfect home record Monday night.

Miami (22-15) has won five of seven away from home but lost the latest on its six-game trip Saturday, 98-83 to Utah. The Heat were outshot 54.9 to 41.5 percent and Dwyane Wade went 3 of 17 - his worst shooting performance when attempting at least 10 shots since November 2010 - while scoring eight points.

Wade, who was dealing with a strained left shoulder for much of the second half, had 27 points in the opener to Miami's trek, a 103-95 win over Phoenix on Friday. He's considered probable for this game.


"I thought we got good shots but some of them didn't go down," Wade said. "Shots that were going down (against Phoenix) weren't going down today. That's the nature of the NBA."

Miami's trip is about to become much more difficult with stops remaining at Golden State, the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City - three of the top four teams in the Western Conference. First, the Heat have the monumental task of trying to snap the Warriors' 17-0 home record and 35-game regular season win streak at Oracle Arena.

"It's spectacular. They're playing amazing basketball," Miami forward Chris Bosh said. "A lot of their guys have come back and improved, including their best player. It's just a collective punch dealing with those guys. ... They're just playing with high, high confidence right now."

Golden State (35-2) is returning home after sweeping a three-game road trip by a combined 53 points. The Warriors capped that with one of their best shooting performances of the season (56.3 percent) in a 128-116 win over Sacramento on Saturday.

Stephen Curry scored 38 points, his most in five games since returning from a bruised leg. He also had a season-high 11 assists and went 8 of 14 from 3-point range, part of Golden State's 19-for-37 performance from beyond the arc.

"I'm glad he's on our team. He's pretty impressive," interim coach Luke Walton said. "He looked like he had more of a rhythm going tonight. I think all of the injuries - he's kept getting kicked - it's throwing him off a little bit. He's still playing at an MVP level. It should looked like he had a nice bounce and rhythm to his game tonight."

Draymond Green went 5 of 6 on 3-pointers while scoring 25 points, matching his second-best performance of the season. He had a combined 20 in the first two games of the trip but recorded his fourth triple-double in five games in a 128-108 win over Portland on Friday.

Golden State won last season's two meetings with Miami by a combined 32 points and prevailed 104-89 in Oakland on Jan. 14.

Curry has averaged 34.3 points on 59.5 percent shooting and connected on 27 of 40 3-point attempts in his last four games against Miami, his best scoring performance versus any opponent since the beginning of 2013-14. He had 72 points in last season's series.

Bosh had 26 points in each matchup last season for the Heat, who have won eight of their last 11 games at Golden State.


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