Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade had advice for Warriors forward Dorell Wright, his good friend who had struggled mightily on offense.
"He needs to shoot more," Wade said. "Not against us, but against other teams."
Wright listened to part of that advice. Tuesday against Miami, he took a season-high 15 shots. He scored eight points in overtime to lift the Warriors to a 111-106 upset of the Heat, snapping Golden State's five-game losing streak.
The losing streak was largely due to Golden State's offensive struggles. No Warrior was struggling more than Wright, who came into the game averaging 5.8 points on 32.7 percent shooting.
But Tuesday, he knocked down six 3-pointers, two in overtime. He scored five straight points to put the Warriors up 107-104 with 1:06 left.
Wade answered with a jumper. But guard Monta Ellis -- who finished with 22 points -- put Golden State ahead 109-106 with a pull-up over Miami forward Shane Battier.
The Warriors, needing one more stop, forced Wade into a missed bank shot. LeBron James then bricked a 3-pointer. Guard Nate Robinson, who led the Warriors with 24 points off the bench, made two free throws to seal the victory. Robinson hit all 14 of his free throws.
"It was great to see Nate Robinson, who people have questioned, doubted," coach Mark Jackson said. "But I know he's a fighter. I know he's a competitor."
The Warriors can honestly say their defense kept them in the game. Wade
Still, even with an overtime period, the Warriors held Miami below its season average of 108.3 points per game.
The game made it to overtime thanks to lockdown defense by the Warriors. Golden State, which had trailed by as much as 17, held Miami to 12 points in 2-for-17 shooting in the fourth quarter.
This time, though, it was Robinson and not Ellis who provided the offense. Robinson scored 15 points in the fourth quarter.
His 3-pointer cut Miami's lead to 93-90 with just over two minutes left. Ellis then blocked a layup by Udonis Haslem, which led to a layup by Robinson and a Miami timeout. During the timeout, Haslem picked up a technical foul. Robinson's free throw tied the score at 93.
Golden State turned the ball over the next two possessions, and free throws put Miami ahead 96-93. But Wright knocked down a 3-pointer to tie the score with 31.2 seconds left.
After a stop, Golden State had a chance to win it in the final seconds. But Ellis failed to get a shot off, sending the game into overtime.
"We've been there in a lot of games," Warriors forward David Lee said after totaling 20 points and 14 rebounds. "That's what we've been talking about all year, putting together a team defensive effort like that."
Riley said Curry won't need another surgery on the ankle he has sprained three times this season. He won't have to sit out an elongated period of time. He could return as soon as next week.
"Now the question (everyone) is going to ask is the question I'd like to know -- when," Riley said. "I don't know how long this thing is going to go. The biggest issue is the stability and the strength that is required for him to get on the floor again."
Curry has missed three games. A source with knowledge of the situation said Curry is "probably a week away" from returning, which would put him back for a game Tuesday at Cleveland. However, the source said not to rule out Sunday's game at Detroit.
Curry is rehabilitating his ankle in his hometown, Charlotte, N.C., where the surgery was performed. He will rejoin the team when the Warriors travel to Charlotte on Friday.
Curry was evaluated Saturday by team orthopaedist Tim McAdams. He then flew to Charlotte and was examined Monday by OrthoCarolina's Bob Anderson, who performed Curry's surgery in May.
"The ligament that was prepared has held and is effective," Riley said. "There's no problem there. There is another ligament that has become the culprit."
If Curry does come back Tuesday, he will have missed six games giving him 11 days of recovery.
"We're probably going to end up giving him more time than we have in the past," Riley said.
Oddly enough, Ellison's courtside seat was 11 seats away from Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob, who outbid Ellison for the Warriors in July 2010.