The Miami HEAT fell to the Golden State Warriors 97-80 Monday night at Oracle Arena. James Johnson led the way for the HEAT with 21 points.
1. JJ Empties The Tank
In a big-time game against the defending champs, Johnson was locked-in from the very moment he stepped onto the floor. He not only initiated offense and handled the ball as usual, but he also knocked down a bunch of shots from the perimeter.
Of course, he answered the call on the defensive end, too, and competed hard against both Draymond Green and Kevin Durant throughout the contest.
That said, you can’t forget about this impressive block on Steph Curry in the first quarter:
Long story short, Johnson did all he could. In addition to his 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting, he also led the team with nine rebounds, six assists and three steals. Talk about stuffing the stat sheet.
2. Dragić Sticks With It
Regardless of what was going on around him, Goran Dragić kept his composure, put his head down and attacked the basket with purpose.
Naturally, his best play of the night came on a superb finish in transition despite being fouled by Green:
Dragić finished with 19 points, four assists and three boards.
3. J. Rich Not Fazed
Remember Josh Richardson’s defensive activity against the Clippers? Well, he did more of the same versus the Warriors. Throughout the night, Richardson made things very tough on Curry, Klay Thompson and Shaun Livingston.
For proof, just take a look at these impressive plays:
Curry, Thompson and Livingston shot a combined 12-of-40 from the field (30 percent).
In all, Richardson tallied six points, three steals and two blocks.
-Bam Adebayo entered the game in the third quarter and made an instant impact.
From a block on Curry, which lead to a finish for Johnson on the other end…
…to an impressive and-one finish…
…the rookie looked good.
When it was all said and done, the former Kentucky Wildcat tallied three points, six rebounds and two blocks.
-Dion Waiters (birth of daughter), Rodney McGruder (left tibia surgery), A.J. Hammons (Sioux Falls assignment) and Matt Williams Jr. (Sioux Falls assignment) were inactive.
-The HEAT will now head to Phoenix to face the Suns on Wednesday at 9:00 PM. Miami won’t be back in action at the AmericanAirlines Arena until Nov. 15 against the Washington Wizards. Tickets for that game can be found here.