Warriors battle Heat in Oakland
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – The Golden State Warriors will try to put the
brakes on a four-game losing streak tonight when they welcome Eddie Jones and
the Miami Heat to the Arena.
The Warriors are coming off an 85-83 loss to Yao Ming and the Rockets on
Wednesday. Yao scored 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to spark
Houston to victory. The Chinese center posted 10 straight points for the
Rockets at one point in the final 12 minutes.
Clifford Robinson posted 23 points for the Warriors, who have dropped five of
their last six games. The loss dropped Golden State to 0-4 on the road this
Erick Dampier contributed 15 points and 12 boards for Golden State, which
played without guard Nick Van Exel, who sat out with a knee injury. Van Exel
is expected to miss tonight’s game.
The Heat have dropped two of their last three games, including a 94-93 setback
in Portland on Wednesday. Qyntel Woods hit two free throws with four-tenths of
a second left in the game to lift the Trail Blazers to victory.
Miami was led by Eddie Jones’ 26 points and Dwyane Wade’s 24 points. Odom
added 13 points and nine rebounds in the loss.
The Heat led 75-61 after three quarters, but the Blazers outscored Miami 33-18
in the final 12 minutes to win the game.
Portland used a 10-2 run in the last 2:13 of the game to set the stage for
Woods’ dramatics. Wade’s soft left-handed scoop shot with 9.9 seconds to go
gave the Heat a 93-92 lead.
Jeff McInnins then missed a three-pointer, but Woods grabbed the rebound and
went right to the basket where he was fouled. Woods then sank both free throws
and Odom missed a three at the buzzer, preserving the Portland win.
The teams split the two-game series last season with each team winning on its
The Heat have won 10 of the last 12 meetings with Golden State, but are 4-11
all-time in Oakland. However, this season the Heat have managed just one win
in eight road contests.
Golden State holds a 4-3 record at home this year and has won all three of its
games against Eastern Conference opponents.