Final / OT
10:30 PM ET, December 1, 2008
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors keep finding new ways to lose.
Missed defensive rebounds. Blown inbounds plays. Poor decisions on offense. All of those things did in sinking Golden State in its latest mishap.
Chris Quinn hit a tying 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left in overtime, Michael Beasley stole the ensuing inbounds pass and made the decisive free throw, and the Miami Heat pulled off a wild 130-129 comeback win over the Warriors on Monday night.
"Well it was a whale of a game, wasn't it?" Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "We sure gave it away at the end. Couple of breakdowns just at the wrong time. I thought we had the game won. ... It will be a hard loss to get over."
Jamal Crawford missed a running jumper at the buzzer and sprawled himself on the court in frustration as the Warriors dropped their seventh straight game, one they had in their grasp until the waning moments. Crawford is winless since joining Golden State in a trade from New York on Nov. 21 that sent Al Harrington to the Knicks.
Crawford scored six of his 40 points in overtime and dished out seven assists, but his team fell short again.
Udonis Haslem scored on a putback for Miami at the buzzer of regulation to force the extra session.
With his team up 125-123 with 28.8 seconds left in OT, Golden State's Ronny Turiaf swatted Dwyane Wade for his fifth blocked shot of the game. Wade converted a three-point play with 15.1 seconds to go that cut it to 127-126 before Crawford hit two free throws on the other end.
Wade finished with 37 points and 13 assists, and Haslem and Shawn Marion each had 21 points. Beasley, who jumped in front of Andris Biedrins' inbounds pass at the end, added 19 points and six rebounds off the bench.
"It's good for us to step up and help Dwyane pull out a game at the end," Quinn said. "Dwyane puts us on his back enough and obviously he did some of that tonight, but for some of us to help him step up and knock down some shots and make some big plays helps."
The Heat are 2-2 on their five-game West Coast swing that ends Wednesday at Utah. Miami lost 97-96 to the Clippers in Los Angeles on Saturday, so this was a nice -- albeit tough -- way to get back on track.
"It was very significant," Wade said. "This is a tough game to come back and play after losing the other night and taking so much energy out of you to come back and play against a team that keeps going and keeps going. But our team grew up in this game. I think a lot our young guys did a really good job."
Crawford shot 11-for-22 and made 14 of 16 free throws en route to his seventh career game with 40 or more points.
But the Warriors got sloppy with the ball on offense late in the game and allowed Miami some key second-chance points that kept the Heat close.
Corey Maggette had 29 points, Biedrins 17 points and 15 boards and Brandan Wright 16 points for a Warriors team that went 0-5 on its recent road trip. It was Golden State's first 0-5 trip since the 2003-04 season.
Nelson said before the game he already knows he doesn't have a playoff team this season -- a somewhat bold statement at this early stage.
"I like the team for the future. I've got a lot of guys that aren't ready yet," Nelson said, noting he's focused on getting his team to play hard every night and win as much as possible during this rebuilding process. "We have some deficiencies as a team. One of them is passing. We're not a good passing team. Our trade helps that, gives us another passer. We're not strong defenders."
Wade has put together three straight strong games. He scored a team-best 26 points and tied a season high with 11 assists against the Clippers on Saturday night but missed a 3-pointer that could have won it. That performance came after he scored a season-best 43 points in a win at Phoenix the previous night.
In his three previous visits to Oakland, Wade averaged 29 points and 10 assists.
Crawford converted a four-point play in the second quarter for the Warriors, hitting a baseline 3 and getting fouled by Beasley. That helped Golden State to a 64-60 lead at the break and was the Warriors' first four-point play this season.
Warriors leading scorer Stephen Jackson returned after missing Saturday's loss to the Knicks, but he was far from sharp. Jackson, who aggravated his sprained left wrist in a loss Friday at Cleveland, had just eight points on 2-for-11 shooting and added 11 assists.
"Ain't no different than the other ones. We gotta find a way to get a win," Jackson said.
Golden State's Kelenna Azubuike sat out with a sprained left foot. ... The Heat have won eight of their last 12 in Oakland, including four of five, but the Warriors won both meetings last season. ... Miami, 6-35 on the road last season, is 4-6 away from home so far. ... Turiaf has blocked a shot in 24 straight games, the NBA's longest active streak.
Team Stat Comparison
|FGM-FGA||47-99 (.475)||39-84 (.464)|
|3PM-3PA||8-25 (.320)||4-14 (.286)|
|FTM-FTA||28-31 (.903)||47-52 (.904)|
|Fast Break Points||15||14|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||37 (2/0)||22 (1/0)|