NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 21 37 21 26 105
Miami 41 30 24 27 122
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , November 29, 2019
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 19,600

Heat look to stay unbeaten at home vs. Warriors

According to STATS
According to STATS

Golden State Warriors at Miami Heat

  1. The Warriors snapped a three-game losing streak with a 104-90 win against the Bulls on Wednesday. Golden State outrebounded Chicago, 54-42, in the win; the Warriors are 3-2 this season when recording at least 50 rebounds, compared to 1-13 when failing to reach the half-century mark.
  2. The Heat have lost two out of three games, including a 117-108 loss at Houston in their latest game. Miami was outscored by 20 points in second quarter of that game, marking the team's worst point differential in a single quarter this season.
  3. In 12 career starts, Eric Paschall is averaging 20.4 points per game, the highest scoring average by any active player through 12 career starts. The only other active players to average at least 20.0 points over their first 12 NBA starts are Luka Doncic (20.3) and Damian Lillard (20.2).
  4. Bam Adebayo has six games this season with at least 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. The only players with more such games this season are Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic (10 each).
  5. The Heat rank second in the NBA in three-point percentage (38.8 percent) and first in the NBA in opponent three-point percentage (31.2 percent). When Miami shoots above its season average from beyond the arc, the team is 8-1.
  6. Miami won the most recent matchup played between these teams in February, 126-125, as Dwyane Wade banked in a buzzer-beating three-pointer as time expired. Each of the last two times Miami has beaten Golden State has been on a game-winning three with less than one second remaining (Dion Waiters on January 23, 2017).

The Miami Heat have been surprisingly good.

The Golden State Warriors have been shockingly bad, especially given their championship lineage.

On Friday night, these two teams will meet in Miami, where the Heat are 7-0 this season. Only three other NBA teams are still unbeaten at home this season.

"This is a step in the right direction," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after Miami's most recent home win, a 117-100 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday. "Guys are taking (home court) to heart."

The Warriors, who have won five straight Western Conference titles and also won three NBA championships during that span, have slumped this season to 4-15, which is the worst record in the league.

Injuries and a major defection have hit the Warriors hard. Kevin Durant bolted as a free agent shortly after last season. Klay Thompson is likely out for the season due to a knee injury. Stephen Curry is inactive due to a broken left hand. And D'Angelo Russell is out due to an injured right thumb.

But the Warriors got good news on Wednesday when Draymond Green returned after a three-game injury absence (right heel), contributing seven points, eight assists and five rebounds in a 104-90 home win over the Chicago Bulls.

"Having Draymond back is a big deal," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Green, who is known as Golden State's vocal, spiritual and emotional on-court leader. "Having nine instead of eight (players) matters. We have more options."

Right now, Golden State's starting options include Green and rookie Eric Paschall at forward, 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein at center, point guard Alec Burks and wing Glenn Robinson III.

The Warriors bench consists of rookie shooting guard and first-round pick Jordan Pool, undrafted rookie point guard Ky Bowman, second-year forward Omari Spellman and veteran power forward Marquese Chriss.

Of those nine players, eight of them are new to the Warriors this season -- everyone except for Green. Given the injuries and the roster upheaval, it's been a rocky start.

But Friday marks the start of a five-game East Coast road trip. It's a new opportunity to bond and iron out any chemistry issues.

One thing is for sure: Golden State still has tremendous pride despite its last-place record.

"The names have changed," Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. "But their soul and their spirit and the way they compete have not changed at all."

Paschall, a second-round pick out of Villanova, leads Golden State's active players in scoring (17.0), and he had a team-high 25 points against Chicago on Wednesday.

Spellman, who won a national title at Villanova in 2018 and was a first-round pick (30th overall) by Atlanta last year, had a double-double off the bench on Wednesday: 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Meanwhile, the big question surrounding the Heat on Friday is whether Jimmy Butler can play. The talented wing missed Wednesday's 117-108 loss at the Houston Rockets due to an illness.

Butler leads Miami in scoring (18.9), assists (6.7) and steals (2.6).

The good news for the Heat is that Miami got point forward Justise Winslow (concussion) back on Wednesday, when he had 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Prior to Wednesday, he had not played since Nov. 5.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 28, 2019

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