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Heat Win Battle With Warriors


Rebounding was the difference for the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

P.J. Brown grabbed 13 rebounds, including nine in a decisive third quarter, and Alonzo Mourning had 12 as the Heat beat the Golden State Warriors 115-100.

"We were more aggressive and we rebounded the ball better," said Mourning, who had six rebounds in the third quarter. "That was the game right there."

Brown scored seven points and Mourning six during a 16-5 run that gave Miami an 87-75 lead with 1:14 left in the third. The Heat maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.

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  • In all, Miami outrebounded Golden State 48-35.

    "P. J.Brown played very hard crashing the boards," Miami coach Pat Riley said.

    Jamal Mashburn scored 26 points for Miami, his fifth straight game with 20 or more. Mourning scored 17, as did rookie Rodney Buford, his season high.

    Heat reserves outscored Warriors reserves 51-21.

    "I have a great deal of respect for their toughness," Golden State coach Garry St. Jean said.

    Antawn Jamison and Mookie Blaylock scored 17 points for Golden State, Donyell Marshall 16, Erick Dampier 15, and John Starks 14. Marshall added 12 rebounds.

    Mourning left with 1:01 to play after landing on his right wrist while fighting for a rebound.

    Golden State, just 12-34, had won six of its previous 10. But its last five losses have bee by a total of 87 points 17.6 per game. The Warriors have lost three straight by 20, 20, and 15 points.

    Miami built a 10-point lead late in the second quarter, but Golden State scored the final nine points of the period, four by Dampier, closing to 59-58 at halftime.

    Notes

  • With two blocked shots, Mourning increased his season total to a team-record 190. He twice finished with 189.
  • Golden State's Erick Dampier got the game off to an unusual start. He controlled the opening tip, but propelled the ball so hard into his backcourt that none of his teammates could reach it before it went over the end line. The Heat got possession under their own basket.
  • The Heat extended their NBA record for consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer to 472.
  • Miami shot 48-for-90) and is 13-0 when shooting 50 percent or better. The Warriors had held 14 of their previous 15 opponents to under 50 percent.

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