Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/11

Game 1: Wednesday, January 11th
Heat110Final
Warriors96
Game 2: Friday, March 10th
Warriors111Final
Heat106

Warriors 111

(26-36, 10-20 away)

Heat 106

(40-21, 23-7 home)

Coverage: FSBAY

7:30 PM ET, March 10, 2006

AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

1 2 3 4 T
GS 29 26 29 27111
MIA 21 32 28 25106

Top Performers

Golden State: J. Richardson 44 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast

Miami: D. Wade 42 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

Richardson's career-high 44 lift Warriors past Heat

MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Heat were on a roll until they ran into Jason Richardson.

The Golden State guard scored a career-high 44 points to win a shootout with Dwyane Wade and spark a 111-106 victory Friday, snapping Miami's 10-game winning streak.

Wade scored a season-high 42, making it the first time in the Heat's 18-year history that a player for both teams scored at least 40 points.

"I thought it was going to be a contest to see which one of us would score 50," Richardson said. "He's at the level where I want to be. You want to bring your `A' game against him, because you know he's going to bring it against you."

The Heat had the longest current winning streak in the NBA, although none of their past 10 games was against a team now above .500. That included the last-place Warriors, who snapped a four-game losing streak and won on the road for the first time in seven tries since the All-Star break.

"We needed this win very badly," coach Mike Montgomery said. "It was probably a little surprising that it came in Miami as compared to some other places."

The Warriors won for the first time in their past 11 games in Miami.

The Heat's final lead came in the first minute of the second half, and Golden State put away the game with a 13-0 run -- much of it with Richardson on the bench -- early in the fourth quarter for a 97-83 lead.

Richardson shot 17-for-26, including 6-for-7 from 3-point range, and topped 40 points for the second time in three games.

"It felt like every shot I put up was going to go in," Richardson said.

He's averaging 37.3 points over the past four games and has scored at least 25 points in seven consecutive games, a career best.

"The guy was absolutely on a torrid pace," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "We knew that, but we didn't come out and jump on him and shut him down. As a matter of fact, we played him rather passively."

A fifth-year pro, Richardson set a franchise record for 3-pointers in a half. At halftime he was 5-for-5 and had 28 points -- the highest-scoring half by a Golden State player in five seasons.

"He has been playing the game at a high level lately, playing like an All-Star," said Wade, one of three defenders who took a turn guarding Richardson.

Wade tried his best to keep up, matching Richardson's 28 points at the half. Wade finished 14-for-20 and reached 40 points for the second game in a row. Wade had six rebounds and six assists and even sank two 3-pointers in four tries, making him 9-for-58 this season.

Shaquille O'Neal added 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Heat. Troy Murphy had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Golden State.

The game was the latest evidence of Miami's season-long defensive deficiencies. The Warriors shot 52 percent from the field and made 10 of 17 3-pointers. They won despite missing 17 of 38 free throws, including five in the final 40 seconds.

"We know we have to improve defensively to be a contender down the stretch," Miami's Alonzo Mourning said. "I just hope we don't run out of time."

Richardson's fourth 3-pointer put the Warriors up 34-23. The Heat made eight consecutive shots in the second quarter but still trailed 55-53 at the half.

Miami pulled even on Gary Payton's 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds left in the third quarter, but Baron Davis answered with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put the Warriors ahead to stay, 84-81.

"We won 10 out of 11," O'Neal said. "We're going to try to get the next 10 out of 11."

Game notes


Richardson made his first four 3-point tries and missed his first four free-throw attempts. ... The Heat had won nine in a row at home. ... Golden State's last win at Miami came in November 1993.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GS
MIA
Points 111 106
FGM-FGA 40-77 (.519) 40-77 (.519)
3PM-3PA 10-17 (.588) 8-24 (.333)
FTM-FTA 21-38 (.553) 18-26 (.692)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-34 9-39
Assists 17 21
Turnovers 12 16
Steals 9 5
Blocks 1 6
Fast Break Points 13 17
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 26 (2/0)
Largest Lead 14 5

Top Performers

Golden State
Miami
Jason Richardson Richardson
Points: 44
Reb: 6
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Dwyane Wade Wade
Points: 42
Reb: 6
Ast: 6
Stl: 2
Blk: 0