It was not always pretty, but the Golden State Warriors defeated Sunday's Oakland Heat 120-118 in an extremely dramatic game.
You'd think the Warriors, currently the league's hottest team, would do the medium heat swiftly. But if you only saw the first few minutes, you would think Miami would be the two-time defending champion, not Golden State.
Before the warriors even saw that they were aware that it was game night, the Heat kept a 26-7 lead. They placed it on both sides of the ground on the Warriors – the braces were defensive, the offenses flowed wonderfully and they surpassed the champions.
Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson alternately changed their all-world skills as the Warriors quickly wiped out the deficit, then took their own lead, blew it shortly, secured it again and repeated the process one last time to take a good measure.
Check the lines: 39 points when shooting 16-24, 6 rebounds and 4 templates for Durant; 29 points at 6-13 three-point shooting, 3 rebounds and 2 assists for Thompson; and 25 points for 5-10 three-point shooting, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals for curry.
Nevertheless, the game went on the wire, which Steve Kerr certainly did not have in mind when the Fringe Playoff Heat came to town. Miami threw its best punch, and the warriors took it by the chin and barely stayed upright.
After just under a minute, Dwyane Wade forced sales of Kevin Durant and slid to the edge to give Miami a 116-115 lead. In the subsequent occupation by the Warriors Josh Richardson (who had 37 points in career) stole the entry for a simple burglary.
Then Durant did what Durant did and made his first three of the night to finish the game.
After a miss by Justise Winslow, the Warriors controlled the ball with only a few seconds difference between the game and the firing point.
Durant tried again a three, but could not connect this time, but the latest star DeMarcus cousin was there to save the day. Boogie grabbed the offensive board and was fouled on his way up. Two smooth free throws later and Golden State had the lead of 120-118, just 5.4 seconds left.
The Heat shot the ball to Dion Waiters, who had previously made one or two big hits against the Warriors.
But tonight was not the night for another.
The dubs win and it's all love.