On Tuesday night in Oakland, the rigors of the road took their toll on the defending Eastern Conference champions, who were still toiling away against Golden State in overtime well after midnight on the East Coast.
Warriors forward Dorell Wright — also known as the guy LeBron James replaced in Miami — took full advantage of a visit from his former team. Wright hit a season-high six 3-pointers, including the game-tying shot in regulation, and finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to help Golden State knock off the Heat 111-106.
Dwyane Wade scored 34 points in his first game back from a bruised foot to lead all scorers and James added 26 for the Heat (8-2) who led by 12 points entering the fourth quarter. But the Warriors (3-6) made nine 3-pointers to Miami’s two, and rallied despite a glaring disparity in fast-break points.
Wright, who also hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime, spent six years with the Heat after they drafted him out of high school in 2004. He was understandably satisfied with his team’s performance against one of the league’s best.
“Heck yeah I care, I was there six years,” Wright said. “It’s your old team, you want to beat them.”
The Warriors won despite being without star point guard Stephen Curry and Andris Biedrins.
The Heat face a quick-turnaround as they face the new-look Los Angeles Clippers tonight before flying to Denver for a Friday night matchup with the Nuggets.
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