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