NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 22 37 33 33 125
Miami 32 42 26 26 126
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT23:30 , February 27, 2019
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 19,647

No break for struggling Heat, as Warriors visit

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Golden State Warriors at Miami Heat

  1. The Warriors are 8-1 against the Heat under Steve Kerr, including posting a 120-118 victory on February 10. The Heat led that game by as many as 19 points, making it their largest blown-lead loss of 2018-19 and Golden State's largest comeback victory this season.
  2. Golden State has alternated wins and losses in its last five games, most recently beating the Hornets in Charlotte on Monday, 121-110. The Warriors are 19-1 in their last 20 games against teams from the Southeast Division, including winning all nine played on the road in that span.
  3. Klay Thompson scored a team-high 26 points in the win and went 3-for-5 on three-pointers. Among 189 players with at least 50 three-point attempts since January 1, he leads the NBA in three-point percentage in that span at 48.8 percent.
  4. DeMarcus Cousins posted his fourth straight double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds on Monday. It was his 232nd career game with 20+ points and 10+ rebounds, the most in the NBA since he entered the league in 2010-11.
  5. The Heat lost their third game in a row and fell to 2-9 in their last 11 games with a 124-121 defeat to the Suns on Monday. Miami has allowed 100+ points in eight consecutive games, its longest single-season streak since an eight-game streak to open the 1994-95 season.
  6. Hassan Whiteside had 29 points and 11 rebounds while Kelly Olynyk added 28 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. They are the first pair of Heat teammates to each have at least 25/10 in a single game since Whiteside and Luol Deng did so on February 20, 2016.

After failing to beat the worst, now the Miami Heat will face the best.

On Monday, the Heat lost their sixth straight home game, falling 124-121 to the lowly Phoenix Suns, who have the NBA's worst record. The Suns trailed for the entire first half before rallying and snapping their franchise-record 17-game losing streak.

"This game hurts," said Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade, a 13-time NBA All-Star playing his final season before starting his retirement this summer. "It's unfortunate."

On Wednesday, the Heat will host the Golden State Warriors, who have won the past two NBA titles and are a power once again, holding the best record (43-17) in the Western Conference.

Miami was without four rotation players on Monday, and it is not yet known if any of them will return to face the Warriors.

Three Heat rotation players were out due to injuries: power forward James Johnson (left shoulder), wing Rodney McGruder (right knee) and guard Justise Winslow (left knee). In addition, Heat forward Derrick Jones was out due to illness.

Miami players have missed 137 games this season due to injuries or illness.

Golden State, which has the best road record in the Western Conference at 20-9, is healthy compared to the Heat, as its top nine scorers are all available. The Warriors haven't lost consecutive games in the new year, and the Warriors are 20-4 since Dec. 29.

Everyone knows about superstars Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson as well as deluxe glue man Draymond Green. But in Monday's 121-110 win at the Charlotte Hornets, the Warriors got even more dangerous, as center DeMarcus Cousins scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

"I think this is the best he has looked," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Cousins, who played a season-high 31 minutes. "He made a couple of moves around the hoop where he showed great agility."

Cousins, who had season-ending Achilles surgery in January of 2017 while he was a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, signed with the Warriors this past July, getting a one-year, $5.3 million contract.

He didn't make his Warriors debut until last month, scoring 14 points on Jan. 18.

Cousins, an All-American at Kentucky and a four-time NBA All-Star, completes what could be the best starting five in the league. He is a 6-foot-11, 270-pound center with skills, and his new Warriors teammates have encouraged him to shoot more.

"(Durant) has been telling me to stop thinking about it and just play my game," Cousins said. "He wants me to be more aggressive."

The more comfortable Cousins gets, the worst it will be for Warriors opponents, and that includes the Heat on Wednesday. Miami will have to contend with Curry, who is third in the league in scoring (28.4); Durant, who is fifth (27.5); and Thompson, who is 20th (21.8).

Green, a 6-7, 230-pound forward, bonds the team with his all-around skills, leading the Warriors in assists (7.3) while playing sticky defense, scoring 7.2 points, grabbing 7.5 rebounds and also contributing steals (1.5) and blocks (1.0).

Cousins, who has played 14 games for the Warriors, has been rounding into form lately. In his past three games, he is 13-for-13 from the foul line and 19-for-39 from the floor while averaging 11.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 blocks.

Despite its ugly loss on Monday and its home struggles (11-18 for the season), Miami gave the Warriors a battle at Golden State on Feb. 20. The Warriors prevailed 120-118.

In that game, Durant scored 39 points to help Golden State rally from a 19-point deficit, and Cousins made two crucial free throws with 5.4 seconds left in the contest.

"We started off sluggish," Durant said after that game. "We treated it like it was a Sunday walk in the park, and (the Heat) were excited to play against us.

"After a while, we finally locked in and played hard."

Heat shooting guard Josh Richardson set a career high with 37 points in that game.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 26, 2019

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