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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- GOLDEN STATE 24 11 16 27 78 MIAMI 18 22 29 19 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: GSW - ANTAWN JAMISON 27, MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10 MIA - ANTHONY MASON 24, BRIAN GRANT 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: GSW - ANTAWN JAMISON 11, ADAM KEEFE 9 MIA - ANTHONY MASON 10, BRIAN GRANT 10

HIGH ASSISTS: GSW - MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 8, LARRY HUGHES 5 MIA - EDDIE JONES 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 15,725


Extended Box

GOLDEN STATE (78) AT MIAMI (88)

GOLDEN STATE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

JAMISON F 45 12-22 2-2 3 8 11 0 3 0 3 27 KEEFE F 20 1-3 0-0 2 7 9 0 5 1 2 2 JACKSON C 36 4-11 2-2 3 3 6 0 3 0 1 10 BLAYLOCK G 31 7-13 2-3 0 5 5 8 0 2 2 17 HUGHES G 40 3-13 2-3 1 3 4 5 2 1 2 8 SURA 28 5-10 0-0 2 5 7 1 2 0 5 10 CURLEY 15 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 2 2 CUMMINGS 16 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 DEL NEGRO 9 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 COKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION FOYLE DNP - STRESS FRACTURE RIGHT TIBIA MULLIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION PORTER DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 34-79 8-10 12 34 46 16 19 4 18 78 (.430) (.800) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 20(28 PTS)

MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

BOWEN F 25 2-7 0-0 0 3 3 2 6 1 2 4 MASON F 41 7-12 10-12 1 9 10 2 2 0 3 24 GRANT C 37 5-11 8-9 4 6 10 1 1 1 1 18 HARDAWAY G 32 3-12 2-2 0 4 4 4 1 3 1 9 JONES G 41 5-12 0-0 0 3 3 5 2 0 0 12 MAJERLE 22 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 3 0 3 GREEN 18 4-6 4-4 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 12 CARTER 24 2-8 2-2 0 1 1 4 1 5 3 6 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-72 26-29 7 29 36 20 15 13 10 88 (.403) (.897) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

GOLDEN STATE 24 11 16 27 - 78 MIAMI 18 22 29 19 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: GOLDEN STATE - BLAYLOCK, HUGHES, KEEFE, JAMISON. MIAMI - GRANT 3, BOWEN 2, MAJERLE 2, JONES 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: GOLDEN STATE 2-12 (.167), JAMISON 1-4, BLAYLOCK 1-4, HUGHES 0-1, SURA 0-2, DEL NEGRO 0-1. MIAMI 4-20 (.200), BOWEN 0-4, HARDAWAY 1-7, JONES 2-4, MAJERLE 1-4, CARTER 0-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, RASHAN MICHEL, DERRICK STAFFORD. A - 15,725. T - 2:06.


Box Score

GOLDEN STATE (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jamison 45 12-22 2-2 3-11 0 3 27 Keefe 20 1-3 0-0 2-9 0 5 2 Jackson 36 4-11 2-2 3-6 0 3 10 Blaylock 31 7-13 2-3 0-5 8 0 17 Hughes 40 3-13 2-3 1-4 5 2 8 Sura 28 5-10 0-0 2-7 1 2 10 Curley 15 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 2 2 Cummings 16 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 2 0 Del Negro 9 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Coker DNP - coach's decision Foyle DNP - stress fracture right tibia Mullin DNP - coach's decision Porter DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-79 8-10 12-46 16 19 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Jamison 1-4, Blaylock 1-4, Hughes 0-1, Sura 0-2, Del Negro 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Blaylock, Hughes, Keefe, Jamison). Turnovers: 20 (Sura 5, Jamison 3, Blaylock 2, Curley 2, Hughes 2, Keefe 2, Cummings, Jackson). Steals: 4 (Blaylock 2, Hughes, Keefe).

MIAMI (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 25 2-7 0-0 0-3 2 6 4 Mason 41 7-12 10-12 1-10 2 2 24 Grant 37 5-11 8-9 4-10 1 1 18 Hardaway 32 3-12 2-2 0-4 4 1 9 Jones 41 5-12 0-0 0-3 5 2 12 Majerle 22 1-4 0-0 1-3 1 2 3 Green 18 4-6 4-4 1-2 1 0 12 Carter 24 2-8 2-2 0-1 4 1 6 Causwell DNP - coach's decision Ceballos DNP - coach's decision Fuller DNP - coach's decision House DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-72 26-29 7-36 20 15 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.897. 3-Point Goals: 4-20, .200 (Bowen 0-4, Hardaway 1-7, Jones 2-4, Majerle 1-4, Carter 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 9 (Grant 3, Bowen 2, Majerle 2, Jones 2). Turnovers: 11 (Carter 3, Mason 3, Bowen 2, Grant, Hardaway). Steals: 13 (Carter 5, Hardaway 3, Majerle 3, Bowen, Grant). ____________________________________________ Golden State 24 11 16 27 - 78 Miami 18 22 29 19 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Illegal Defense, 10:02 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,725. T: 2:06. Officials: Ron Garretson, Rashan Michel, Derrick Stafford.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Anthony Mason tied a season high with 24 points and added 10 rebounds as the Miami Heat continued their hot play with an 88-78 victory over the undermanned Golden State Warriors.

Miami has won eight of nine and is a season-high six games over .500, moving within five games of first-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division. The Heat also have won eight straight at home, their best stretch since a 13-game run to end last season.

"I don't just want to win," coach Pat Riley said. "We still didn't play well. "I'm not satisfied with the consistency of our game. The players just see the (win) sometimes. It's wise to take a step back sometimes."

The Heat trailed 24-18 after one quarter but slowly battled back and took the lead for good with 1:51 remaining in the first half on a free throw by Mason.

"Coming out in the first quarter, we started slow defensively," Miami's Eddie Jones said. "We let them get a lot of easy transition baskets and they thrive off of that. After the first quarter, we shut them down defensively."

Mason had only nine points through 24 minutes, but heated up and scored 11 in the third quarter.

He scored the first three points of the period and former Warrior Tim Hardaway added a layup as Miami opened a 45-35 advantage with 8:43 left. The Heat went on a 7-2 run later in the third for a 54-41 lead.

"He's been playing well," Riley said of Mason. "The ball is gravitating to him. He's making plays out of the post. He's making key little shots for us. When he is making his medium-range jumpers, then the whole game is a package."

The Heat carried a commanding 69-51 edge, its biggest of the game, into the fourth quarter before a lengthy shooting drought. They only scored on free throws until 5:35 remaining, when Brian Grant hit a four-foot jumper that made it 76-65.

Golden State closed within 83-78 with 1:24 left but could not get any closer.

"We didn't do what it takes to win against a team like this," Warriors guard Larry Hughes said. "The turnovers have been a big problem for us. It's all about the execution, finding the right spots and making plays."

The Warriors committed 20 turnovers that resulted in 28 points for the Heat. Golden State also struggled from 3-point range, hitting just two of its 12 attempts.

"Overall, we didn't come down the court and execute our plays well," Mookie Blaylock said. "We couldn't get any good shots down the stretch. That's their style, and we just couldn't execute as well as we should."

Miami's Anthony Carter was the main disruptive force on defense, recording a career-high five steals. Hardaway and Dan Majerle had three apiece.

"We feel good about our defense in the second, third and fourth quarters," Hardaway said. "We just didn't make the shots in the fourth quarter and that's why they were able to come back. We played hard and got the (win) and that's what counts."

Miami has needed its defense to step up constantly because of its 88.1 scoring average, one of the worst in the NBA. The Heat, who were coming off their most lopsided win of the season, 112-86 over Boston on Saturday, have reached 100 points just six times this season.

Mason's other 24-point effort came against the Los Angeles Clippers on December 13. He was 7-of-12 from the floor and 10-of-12 from the free-throw line on Monday.

Grant had 18 points and 12 rebounds and A.C. Green added 12 points off the bench for Miami, which shot 40 percent (29-of-72) while holding a 40-32 scoring advantage in the paint.

"Having those two guys (Mason and Grant) is an advantage," Warriors coach Dave Cowens said. "They work over the post and get the ball a lot. Then, they can either drive to the hoop or kick it out."

Miami went 26-of-29 from the free-throw line, with Grant going 8-of-9. Golden State only had 10 attempts from the line, hitting eight of them.

Antwan Jamison scored 27 points and Blaylock added 17 for Golden State, which welcomed back forward Chris Mullin but played without center Erick Dampier, who was placed on the injured list with a knee ailment.

Miami has won seven of the last eight meetings with Golden State, including a 93-85 triumph in Oakland on December 16.

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