The Warriors are now 5-0 on the road trip. They are 8 games above .500. They are on the lips of NBA buzz. All thanks to Wednesday’s 97-95 win over the defending champs.
In the final seconds, and with the game tied at 95, Warriors guard Jarrett Jack dribbled away the clock as guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson maneuvered off screens to get open. All game long, Miami focused on limiting Curry. Thompson became their focus in the second half too after Thompson lit the Heat up for 21 first-half points.
Paying so much attention to the Warriors’ shooters, Miami forgot about Green.Miami’s Shane Battier, helping out Wade, jumped out on Thompson, leaving Green wide open. Jack saw it and zipped a jump pass inside. Green, in one motion while in mid-air, caught it and banked in the layup with nine-tenths of a second remaining.
Here is the final play in the words of those who experienced it.
“Off the first (cut) I thought I was open. Then I looked back and Wade was on my backside. I tried to come off the other side but by the time I looked at JJack, he had already zeroed in on Draymond. Great playcall by coach to realize we had two threats to come off screen.”
“They helped a little bit too hard on Klay and Draymond was able to set the screen. Something that we’ve talked about all week because we know they’re a big-time show team. I saw him down low. He did the hard part: making the basket.”
“With the last shot, the coach didn’t point out who specifically was going to be taking the shot. He said we’re going to find who’s open and we’r egoing to make the best play. … Of course guys are going to go with Klay and Steph.“I just happened to be wide open.”
“I give Jarrett Jack a lot of credit. He nursed it, milked it, and Draymond Green did a good job of flashing and finishing.”
“Typically, there is always weak-side healp. They occupied that weak side and nobody saw it. Shane (Battier) made a read, but as a team we didn’t make up for that mishap. We just have to have each other’s back down the stretch.”
“Big play. Big time”
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