The Warriors lost their third game in a row Monday, falling 113-101 to the Miami Heat at Chase Center.
But that wasn't the story.
Andre Iguodala, who was a key cog in the Warriors' run to five straight NBA Finals, made his return Monday as a member of the Heat. He was celebrated with a tribute video and a short speech from former teammate Klay Thompson. The 2015 NBA Finals MVP scored two points in the Heat's win, but they acquired him at the trade deadline from the Memphis Grizzlies for the impact they believe he will have in the postseason.
After the win over his old mates, Iguodala spoke with NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke on the surreal feeling of the entire night.
"It's pretty interesting," Iguodala said after the win. "We actually ran some plays that I would run -- [coach Erik Spoelstra] is pretty good at that. He got me a bucket running one of the plays that we would run normally. It's interesting, but seeing the young guys, seeing how they are developing -- Damion Lee shot the ball great tonight, seeing Jordan Poole progress and develop is good to see."
During his six seasons with the Warriors, Iguodala was part of a number of great moments, but one sticks out more than the rest.
"I think Steph's unanimous MVP," Iguodala told Burke. "That might be it. Steph's unanimous MVP was probably my favorite moment because people don't know the hard work he puts in. I think they know but they don't know. I think he was a little bit overlooked. Players across the league didn't quite respect him, but when they saw it, it was beautiful seeing like, 'Oh s--t, this guy is really, really good.' So that was beautiful seeing him humble the entire world and being a part of that."
Many thought Iguodala eventually would return to the Warriors, but he signed an extension with the Heat upon the trade. However, he is open to a reunion, either on the court or in a different role at some point in the future.
"Oh, that's no doubt. That's a given," Iguodala said about wanting a relationship with the Warriors in the future. "I still talk to the video guys like every other day. I was talking to them this morning. I was talking to Draymond two days ago. Those relationships never end, so they continue until we're no longer here."
Iguodala's tenacious defense and clutch shooting helped the Warriors win three titles in five seasons. Now, he'll try to help bring a title back to South Beach.