MIAMI - Even a 20-point deficit doesn't derail the Miami Heat these days.
LeBron James had 25 points and 10 assists, Dwyane Wade also scored 25 points, and the Heat overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors, 114-107, on Saturday night for their 17th victory in 18 games.
Chris Bosh added 20 points and 11 rebounds to help Miami pull into a virtual tie with Boston atop the Eastern Conference. The Celtics lead Miami by a mere .031 percentage points.
“We weren’t playing Miami Heat basketball,” Wade said about the first half. “I didn’t really notice that team out there. But we got it together.”
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Former Heat forward Dorell Wright scored 30 points for Golden State in his first trip back to Miami as an opponent. Monta Ellis added 25, and Stephen Curry had 15 for the Warriors.
Golden State had 36 points in each of the first two quarters, then 35 in the entire second half. Miami held the Warriors to 13-of-43 shooting after halftime.
James, Wade and Bosh combined for 35 points in the second half — matching Golden State’s total.
“Everybody was pretty calm,” Bosh said of the mood at the half. “There was no reason to get erratic or kind of lose our cool. We knew we played a subpar first half, especially on the defensive end, and we had to pick it up and change that.”
David Lee finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds for Golden State, which hit eight of its first nine tries from 3-point range.
James Jones scored 13 points, and Carlos Arroyo added 11 for Miami, which out-rebounded the Warriors 18-9 in the fourth quarter.