MIAMI -- When the Warriors headed to the locker room, up by 14 points after dominating the Miami Heat, they had to know something was coming.
Sure enough, in the second half, Miami flipped the switch. And the Warriors were overwhelmed by a Heat wave, losing 114-107.
"I don't think those kind of guys are going to let a team stay that far ahead," Warriors coach Keith Smart said of the Heat's stars.
As good as the Warriors were in the first half, building a lead as large as 20, Miami was even better in the second half. The Warriors set a season-high for points in a half by scoring 36 points in each of the first two quarters. Golden State shot 63.6 percent, turned the ball over just twice and had 16 assists on 28 baskets.
But in the second half, the Heat turned up the defense, and the Warriors totaled 35 points on 30.2-percent shooting, totaling three assists and 10 turnovers.
LeBron James finished with 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for Miami. Dwyane Wade had 25 points, eight assists and six rebounds. And Chris Bosh had 20 points and 11 rebounds.
"I know my team," Wade said. "When we came out for the third quarter, we knew we were going to make a run and turn it around. We know what we had to do and we did it."
The Warriors fell to 1-2 on their five-game road trip, with Orlando and New Orleans still to come. Golden State wasn't expected to win this one, not on the road, and not playing the second night of a
But after the way the Warriors jumped on Miami, hope was prevalent on the bench.
Forward Dorell Wright scored 14 of his game-high 30 points in the first quarter as the Warriors built an eight-point lead heading into the second -- capped by Monta Ellis' buzzer-beating 3-pointer from half-court.
The lead was 12 before the Warriors went on a 10-2 run late in the second quarter. After back-to-back 3-pointers by Wright, forward David Lee knocked down a 17-footer to put the Warriors up 64-44 with 3:56 left in the half. Miami's 6-0 run to close the second quarter cut the Warriors' advantage to 72-58 entering the half.
"In the third quarter they turned up the defense," Lee said after totaling 13 points and 12 rebounds. "Then they got on the fast break and that's when they're at their best. They just kind of got more aggressive. They trapped a lot of the pick-and-rolls and forced the ball out of Monta and Steph's (Curry) hands, and a lot of the shots that were falling for us didn't fall in the second half."
Over the first six minutes of the third quarter, Miami went on a 13-3 run, with Wade scoring seven of the points. By the end of the third quarter, the Warriors' lead was down to 84-83.
Over the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, the Warriors managed two turnovers and two missed jumpers. By the time Miami guard Mario Chalmers converted a fast-break layup, the Warriors were down 91-84.
Not even Ellis could get anything going against the aggressive, physical Miami defense. The Warriors' star guard finished with 25 points and seven assists. But in the second half, facing trap after trap, he had just nine points.
"We probably should've been up 20 at the half," Lee said, "Apparently, it just wasn't a big enough cushion."
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