Warriors vs. Heat recap: Golden State scorches Miami in 123-114 win

Mike Lawrie

An efficient Golden State offense was too much for the Heat to try and match as Stephen Curry lit up the reigning NBA champions for 36 points.

The red-hot Golden State Warriors won their seventh game in a row, this one over the Miami Heat by a score of 123-114. Steph Curry poured in 36 points and David Lee added a double-double as the Warriors toppled the defending NBA champions.

Golden State's lead was as large as 15 in the third quarter, riding a sharp-shooting Curry early in the game. The Warriors seem to have found their groove now that Andre Iguodala is back in the lineup. Any time the Heat got close -- they chipped the lead back down to single digits early in the fourth -- it was Curry who came through with a big shot to answer right back.

Miami had an efficient offensive night, but ultimately couldn't stop the Warriors on the defensive end of the court. Golden State finished the game shooting 56 percent, including 15-of-29 from three. The W's were +9 in assists for the game.

For the Warriors, David Lee finished with 32 points on 13-of-17 shooting, adding 14 rebounds. Curry led all scorers with 36 points on 13-of-22 shooting, adding 12 assists and while shooting 8-of-15 on three-pointers.

Scoring for Miami was relatively balanced, with LeBron James scoring 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting while racking up eight turnovers. Dwyane Wade added 22 points and five assists, but did this:

The win moves Golden State to 21-13 on the year, tying them for sixth place in the Western Conference with the Houston Rockets. Miami falls to 24-8. They are firmly set in the second place in the East.

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