Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/14

Game 1: Saturday, December 14th
Game 2: Monday, January 6th

Warriors 92

(8-15, 2-8 away)

Heat 101

(6-17, 4-8 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    8:00 PM ET, December 14, 2002

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 22 12 30 2892
    MIA 23 30 21 27101

    Top Performers

    GS: A. Jamison 25 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mia: E. Jones 38 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 5 Stl

    Jones scores 15 in fourth to hold off Warriors

    MIAMI (AP) -- If Eddie Jones was hurt, it certainly didn't show.

    Eddie Jones

    Eddie Jones lit up the Warriors for a career-high 38 points, and helped keep Golden State away from the hoop.

    Jones scored a career-high 38 points as the Miami Heat snapped a five-game losing streak with a 101-92 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

    After injuring his groin the night before, Jones was a game-time decision. But he shook off the ailment and delivered one of the best games of his NBA career.

    Jones, whose previous career-high was 37, scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the Heat avoid what would have been a humiliating defeat. After leading by 21 points in the third quarter, the Heat's lead was chopped to one.

    Jones rescued the Heat, hitting a pair of 3-pointers to extend the lead and adding a pair of free throws in the final minute.

    "I was just going out there and making plays,'' Jones said. "I had my mind on attacking tonight. It works. I know it works. My mindset now is that if I can make a move to get a shot, I'm going to make the move and take the shot.''

    Jones arrived at the team's morning shootaround slowed by a painful groin injury.

    "That was the best I've seen him with us,'' Heat coach Pat Riley said. "He's injured, and it was doubtful whether or not he was going to play. It was a game-time decision. He was heavily wrapped. That, to me, shows a lot of resolve. Eddie has come to expect that type of performance from himself.''

    Antawn Jamison led the Warriors with 25 points, giving him 25 or more points for the sixth time in seven games.

    Riley, meantime, said he spoke with league officials regarding his outburst following Friday's loss to the Knicks, but wouldn't elaborate on a possible fine or suspension.

    Riley was upset after the Heat were outshot at the foul line 37-16 and hurt by a blown call on an out-of-bounds possession in a 97-92 loss. Riley lashed out at referees in general and Steve Javie in particular in an expletive-laced post-game tirade that was carried live on television.

    Riley's comments could get him fined or suspended.

    "We're looking into it,'' league spokesman Mark Broussard said Saturday.

    Riley said he hopes to make a point that the Heat are not getting calls and that some referees are out to get him.

    "I don't regret anything,'' Riley said after the game. "I'm going to follow through with it. I have to make a case for the team. If I could meet with them and go over everything with them. I would appreciate that.''

    Riley did have an incident with the referees, getting slapped with a technical by official Sean Corbin late in the third quarter after arguing a non-call that didn't go in favor of Caron Butler.

    The Warriors closed to 76-75 on Earl Boykins' jumper 8:05 left in the fourth. A tip-in by Jamison cut Miami's lead to 80-79 with 6:14 left, but Jones responded with a 3-pointer and foul shot for a five-point lead. Another 3-point hoop by Jones pushed Miami's lead to 89-79.

    The Warriors hung around, as Jason Richardson's 3-pointer narrowed the gap to 96-92 with 27 seconds left. Jones hit a pair of foul shots, and Mike James scored on a driving layup with 14 seconds left to put the game out of reach. Golden State began its comeback after falling behind 55-34.

    The Warriors closed the gap to 74-64 at the end of the period, and kept coming on in the fourth.

    "We're proud of the effort in the second half, but disappointed in the lethargic play in the first half,'' Warriors coach Eric Musselman said. "We have a lot of work to do defensively. We are a team that goes through stretches where we play well, and stretches where we don't play well. We have to give a maximum effort every day.''

    James scored 16 points for the Heat, and Brian Grant added 14 to go along with 14 rebounds.

    "This is what we have to bring every night,'' James said. "We need to make plays at the end. When teams make runs at us, we have to counter that and keep our composure.''

    Richardson and Gilbert Arenas each scored 17 for the Warriors.

    Game notes

    The Heat have won eight straight at home against the Warriors, whose last win in Miami was on Nov. 24, 1994. ... Travis Best started at point guard for the second straight game for the Heat after having lost his spot for one game last week to Anthony Carter. ... The Warriors scored a season-low 34 points in the first half. ... Butler has had at least one steal in his last 18 games, the league's longest current streak. ... After a five-game slump during which he averaged 8.2 points, Jones has bounced back with 33, 24 and 38 in his last three. ... The Heat's 19-point halftime lead was their largest of the year.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 101
    FGM-FGA 36-70 (.514) 38-86 (.442)
    3PM-3PA 7-15 (.467) 5-13 (.385)
    FTM-FTA 13-24 (.542) 20-26 (.769)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-32 18-43
    Assists 17 16
    Turnovers 17 12
    Steals 9 9
    Blocks 8 5
    Fast Break Points 5 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (2/0) 21 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 25
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Eddie Jones Jones
    Points: 38
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 0