Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 120-118 comeback win over Heat

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 120-118 comeback win over Heat


OAKLAND -- In their last stop on the road to their 40th win of the season, the Warriors proved yet again that they are talented enough to overcome themselves.

It also helps when the opponent is mediocre, as was the case Sunday in a 120-118 thriller over the Heat before a sellout crowd (19,596) at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors prevailed despite being profoundly outrebounded (49-36), soundly outshot from 3-point range (41.9 percent to 36.1) and, of course, outmuscled because that’s the one thing Miami does as well as any team in the NBA.

Here are three takeaways from the Warriors’ 15th win in 16 games:

Shooters had to bring it, and they did

Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 93 points on 36-of-63 shooting from the field, including 12-of-30 from beyond the arc.

Durant poured in 39 points despite draining only one 3-pointer -- a very important one with 44 seconds remaining. He was 16-of-24 from the field and 6-of-10 from the line.

Thompson scored 29 points on 11-of-21 shooting, including 6-of-13 from deep.

Curry totaled 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including 5-of-10 from deep.

Without the scoring of these three, this would not have been much of a game. The seven other Warriors that played -- Andre Iguodala was out with a tight hamstring -- combined for 25 points.

How nice it is to have stars that can make big shots late in the game.

Trouble on the glass

Two days after allowing the Suns to grab 19 offensive rebounds and put up 20 second-chance shots, the Warriors were no better at keeping their opponent off the offensive glass.

The Heat, appreciably better than Phoenix on the offensive glass, grabbed nine in the first quarter and 19 for the game.

This continues to be a problem indicative of poor focus and fundamentals. Or maybe the Warriors don’t believe full dedication is needed to prevail against inferior teams.

Though the Warriors often talk of the need to “build good habits” over the course of the regular season, they are failing in this area.

Boogie’s Night, Pt. X

DeMarcus Cousins made a pair of clutch free throws with 5.4 seconds remaining to put away the game, so all’s well that ends well.

Cousins totaled seven points on 2-of-6 shooting, adding three rebounds, three blocks, two steals and one assist. He was minus-12 over 27 minutes.

Though Cousins continues to come along, his conditioning remains an issue that is revealed against young, aggressive centers of size. It was Deandre Ayton on Friday in Phoenix, and on Sunday it was Hassan Whiteside, particularly in the first half.

Whiteside grabbed 12 rebounds through three quarters, but was not a factor down the stretch because he’s not a part of Miami’s closing lineup.

This wraps up the game-by-game "Boogie’s Night" series, which was designed for the duration of his first 10 games.

Willie Cauley-Stein has need for speed after 'Top Gun' trailer release


Willie Cauley-Stein has need for speed after 'Top Gun' trailer release

Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein wants to take the highway to the danger zone on his way to Chase Center next season. 

Golden State's new big man tweeted a clip from the "Top Gun: Maverick" trailer Thursday afternoon, and the 25-year-old definitely has the need ... the need for speed. 

That'd be one way to take Warriors fans' breath away. 

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Cauley-Stein told the Warriors he would be their wingman big man any day earlier this summer, signing a one-year deal worth a little more than the veteran's minimum because he couldn't turn down the chance to play with Steph Curry and Co. He averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game with the Kings last season, but his ego arguably wrote a check his play couldn't cash after telling reporters last September that he was "ready to get paid."

Still, the No. 6 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft has plenty of potential, and will have plenty of motivation next season on a prove-it deal. If it is a strong enough combination to bring out the best in Cauley-Stein, he could find that loving feeling on the free-agent market next summer. 

Watch Steph Curry get soaked in dunk tank at 'Eat. Learn. Play.' event

Watch Steph Curry get soaked in dunk tank at 'Eat. Learn. Play.' event

Some NBA players can say they have dunked on Steph Curry, but can they say they dunked the Warriors star?

Curry and his wife Ayesha launched their "Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation" at a kickoff event in Oakland on Thursday, hosting nearly 1,000 kids for a day of activities. One of those activities was a dunk tank, and the two Currys -- one of whom forms one half of the Splash Brothers -- got very wet.  

The foundation aims to bring out the best in children "By fighting to end childhood hunger, ensuring access to education and enabling active lifestyles," according to its mission statement.

"[The kids are] having fun today, but obviously the back-end -- we're trying to create programs and do stuff that helps the entire youth in Oakland and the Bay Area," Steph said Thursday. "So, you gotta have energy for that."

Steph spent the first entirety of his first decade in the NBA in Oakland, but he and the Warriors will move to San Francisco's Chase Center next season. Despite the pending move, Ayesha said staying active in community efforts in The Town is necessary for the family.

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"We hope to always be involved in this community," she said. "It's important to us." 

That community is better for their endeavors, and the Currys were wetter for theirs Thursday.