Player of the game: Jarrett Jack had 20 points, four rebounds and four assists – and made the game’s biggest play as the Warriors (15-7) won their fifth consecutive game – all on the road.
Key stretch: Jack made a beautiful pass to Draymond Green for a layup with nine-tenths of a second remaining to give the Warriors a 97-95 win over the Miami Heat.
“We set up a situation and they both (Shane Battier and Ray Allen) jumped out,” Jack said. “Draymond was there for the slip. It was open a couple of times and we missed the bigs. That’s one thing we preach everyday – ‘screen and slip.’”
Thompson’s monster half: Klay Thompson was terrific in the first half, scoring 21 points on 8-of-15 from the field. Thompson and David Lee (12 points, 10 rebounds) were the main reasons Golden State led 53-52 at halftime.
“They’re the best and for us to leave out of here with a ‘W’ – total team effort,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “Especially when our best player is having a tough night. There’s something about this team that doesn’t quit.”
Thompson finished with 27 points, but he was the player that both Battier and Allen switched out on to allow Green to get open.
“I felt Battier come with me on that last possession and Draymond did a great job of making himself available,” Thompson said.
James, Wade banged up: Heat fans had scares in the second quarter when LeBron James fell to the floor hard and Wade went to the locker room after being poked in the eye and run into by his own teammate.
The foul on James – by Lee -- was such a hard foul that it was ruled a Flagrant 1 by the officials.
James drove into the lane with four-plus minutes left in the second quarter, and as he went up for his shot, Lee shoved him from behind, causing James to go off-balance. When James eventually landed, his right shoulder took the brunt of the contact. James stayed on the floor for a few moments but was able to stay in the game.
Dwyane Wade went to the locker room with 3:11 remaining in the second quarter after he got poked in the eye by Thompson and then Mario Chalmers ran into him.
Wade started the second half.
Solid start: As has been the case on the entire road trip, the Warriors got off to a nice start. In this case, Golden State led 29-28 after a quarter, with Lee once again jump-starting the team.
Lee had eight points and four rebounds in the period, but he wasn’t the only one in on it.
Thompson and Curry also did some damage as did Jarrett Jack, who checked in late in the first quarter.
Up next: The Warriors continue their seven-game road trip on Friday against the Magic in Orlando. Their trip concludes on Saturday in Atlanta.
The Magic defeated the Warriors 102-94 on Dec. 3, at Oracle Arena.