Five Takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 118-112 Loss to the Golden State Warriors

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4. Even Justise Winslow Couldn’t Slow Down Klay Thompson

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Let’s not sugarcoat it, the Warriors’ top duo simply carried the offense.

While Curry’s 42 points will get the headlines, Thompson’s 33 points were every bit as important.

As expected, the Heat’s top wing defender, Justise Winslow, handled the assignment of guarding Thompson for most of the night. Needless to say, it wasn’t a good night for Winslow.

Like most players who guard either Curry or Thompson, it wasn’t really Winslow’s fault—it’s just that Thompson is simply that good.

The 26-year-old guard was 13-of-25 from the field and 4-for-8 from beyond the arc as he consistently knocked down shots over defenders’ outstretched arms.

The Heat have always had a strong defensive identity under the leadership of head coach Erik Spoelstra. However, they were no match for the No. 1 offense in the NBA.

The 118 points allowed by Miami was their second-highest points total allowed this season and if you allow that many points, you simply aren’t going to win many games.

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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.