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Instant Replay: Warriors 97, Heat 95

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Instant Replay: Warriors 97, Heat 95

BOX SCORE

Player of the game: Jarrett Jack had 20 points, four rebounds and four assists – and made the game’s biggest play as the Warriors (15-7) won their fifth consecutive game – all on the road.

Key stretch: Jack made a beautiful pass to Draymond Green for a layup with nine-tenths of a second remaining to give the Warriors a 97-95 win over the Miami Heat.

“We set up a situation and they both (Shane Battier and Ray Allen) jumped out,” Jack said. “Draymond was there for the slip. It was open a couple of times and we missed the bigs. That’s one thing we preach everyday – ‘screen and slip.’”

Thompson’s monster half: Klay Thompson was terrific in the first half, scoring 21 points on 8-of-15 from the field. Thompson and David Lee (12 points, 10 rebounds) were the main reasons Golden State led 53-52 at halftime.

“They’re the best and for us to leave out of here with a ‘W’ – total team effort,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “Especially when our best player is having a tough night. There’s something about this team that doesn’t quit.”

Thompson finished with 27 points, but he was the player that both Battier and Allen switched out on to allow Green to get open.

“I felt Battier come with me on that last possession and Draymond did a great job of making himself available,” Thompson said.

James, Wade banged up: Heat fans had scares in the second quarter when LeBron James fell to the floor hard and Wade went to the locker room after being poked in the eye and run into by his own teammate.

The foul on James – by Lee -- was such a hard foul that it was ruled a Flagrant 1 by the officials.

James drove into the lane with four-plus minutes left in the second quarter, and as he went up for his shot, Lee shoved him from behind, causing James to go off-balance. When James eventually landed, his right shoulder took the brunt of the contact. James stayed on the floor for a few moments but was able to stay in the game.

Dwyane Wade went to the locker room with 3:11 remaining in the second quarter after he got poked in the eye by Thompson and then Mario Chalmers ran into him.

Wade started the second half.

Solid start: As has been the case on the entire road trip, the Warriors got off to a nice start. In this case, Golden State led 29-28 after a quarter, with Lee once again jump-starting the team.

Lee had eight points and four rebounds in the period, but he wasn’t the only one in on it.

Thompson and Curry also did some damage as did Jarrett Jack, who checked in late in the first quarter.

Up next: The Warriors continue their seven-game road trip on Friday against the Magic in Orlando. Their trip concludes on Saturday in Atlanta.

The Magic defeated the Warriors 102-94 on Dec. 3, at Oracle Arena.

Spurs star Kawhi Leonard out indefinitely

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Spurs star Kawhi Leonard out indefinitely

NEW YORK — The San Antonio Spurs say Kawhi Leonard will be out indefinitely as he continues his recovery from a leg injury.

Leonard has played in just nine games after missing the beginning of the season because of right quadriceps tendinopathy. He also was sidelined briefly because of a shoulder injury.

Spurs general manager RC Buford said Wednesday that Leonard has made significant progress in his recovery but "this is the best approach for the next steps in his return to play."

The All-Star forward is averaging 16.2 points this season for the Spurs, who play the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

Gameday: Look for Curry to make statement against rising Bulls point guard

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Gameday: Look for Curry to make statement against rising Bulls point guard

The Warriors will be without Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, when they aim to tie a franchise record for consecutive road wins Wednesday as they face the improving Chicago Bulls at United Center.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 5:05.

In seeking their 14th straight road win, the Warriors (36-9) will be confronting quite a different herd of Bulls than the team they crushed 143-94 two months ago in Oakland. Neither Kevin Durant nor Green was available in that rout, which that was the highest point total allowed by the Bulls since November 1990.

After a 3-20 start, the Bulls (17-27) righted themselves with a seven-game win streak in December and have won 14 of their last 21. The offense has steadily improved, averaging 94.5 points in October/November to 112.0 in January.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 8

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. Kris Dunn: Several factors are responsible for the rise of the Bulls, but none may be more important than the play of Dunn, the fifth overall pick in the 2016 draft. Acquired in the June 2017 trade that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota, Dunn is the engine of a Chicago offense that since Dec. 6 has operated at the fifth-fastest pace in the NBA. He averaged 12.0 points and 8.4 assists over the last five games. Curry missed most of December but has been playing well since returning. He loves the challenge of a rising point guard. He’ll be out to make a statement.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Draymond Green (R shoulder soreness) and F Andre Iguodala (L calf contusion) are listed as out.

Bulls: G Cameron Payne (R foot surgery) is listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2.

Bulls: 5-5.

GAME OFFICIALS

Ron Garretson (crew chief), Mark Ayotte, Scott Twardoski

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors won the first of two meetings this season, 143-94, on Nov. 24 in Oakland. The teams split the series last season, each winning on its own floor. The Warriors have won six of the last nine meetings overall.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

KD UNLEASHED: Since returning Jan. 10, after a three-game absence, Durant has been on a tear, averaging 30.8 points on 62.5-percent shooting, including 60 percent from beyond the arc. Most teams don’t have anyone that matches up with him, and the Bulls certainly don’t. The closest is Lauri Markkanen, and though he has the length (7 feet), he has no chance of slowing Durant. All indications point to another big night.

THE BOMBERS: Chicago has made at least 10 3-pointers in each of its last nine home games, the longest such streak in franchise history. They’ve made at least 15 treys in each of the last three games. Rookie forward Markkanen drilled his 100th career triple in his 41st game, the fastest rate in league history. He averaged 23.0 points over his last three games, making 15 3-pointers in the process. With Green out, the Warriors will give him a variety of looks, with one of them being Durant.

WARRIORS DEPTH: The absence of Green and Iguodala will hurt the Warriors, who are playing their fourth game in six nights. Jordan Bell will start for Green, but the Warriors will have to alter their offense -- Green leads team in assists -- while patching together a defense that will be without two players that make an impact on that end. Omri Casspi, Kevon Looney and Pat McCaw will have opportunities.