Heat make Warriors suffer, maintain home record

MIAMI (AP) — A big lead had almost entirely slipped away, and the Miami Heat showed no sense of panic. With good reason.

A 27-8 third-quarter run allowed the Heat to pull away and beat the Golden State Warriors 122-105 yesterday. Goran Dragic scored 20 points, Tyler Herro added 19 and the Heat remained perfect at home — 8-0, tying the franchise’s best home start to a season.

“Being able to weather the storm is big,” Herro said. “It’s a game of runs.”

Duncan Robinson scored 17 for Miami. Robinson and Herro were a combined 10 for 13 from three-point range.

Jimmy Butler scored 16, while Kendrick Nunn — who was with the Warriors’ G League team last year — and Kelly Olynyk each had 15 for the Heat.

“We’re trying to build a consistent game,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Jordan Poole scored 20 for injury-ravaged Golden State, which was playing the opener of a five-game road trip. Eric Paschall scored 17 and Alec Burks finished with 16 for the Warriors.

The Warriors are one of four teams without back-to-back wins this season, joining Chicago, Detroit and New York. They were down 20 after the first quarter, then clawed within 13 by halftime and eventually as little as six midway through the third quarter — before Miami recovered to put the game away with the 27-8 run over an eight-minute stretch.

Draymond Green played only 19 minutes for Golden State, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he’ll be on a minutes restriction going forward. The Warriors’ injury woes — no Stephen Curry, no Klay Thompson, no D’Angelo Russell and more — have left them an NBA-worst four-16.

“We’re obviously playing for the future, playing for next year and he needs to be out on the floor to help guide these young players,” Kerr said. “I know he wants to be out on the floor. So we’ve got to find the balance between allowing him to make his impact with this team and not wearing him down at the same time.”

Miami Heat forward Meyers Leonard shoots over Golden State Warriors centre Willie Cauley-Stein. PHOTO: AP