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

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5. Heat Are Playing Their Best Basketball Right Now

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Coming into Wednesday night’s tilt with the Warriors, the Heat were in the midst of a three-game win streak, with two of those three wins coming against teams involved in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Again, any loss is tough, especially one that occurs after you enter the final quarter leading the game (the Heat led 83-80 at the end of three quarters). However, Miami is playing their best basketball of the season, despite the absences of Bosh, Johnson and Udrih.

The Heat are playing faster, scoring more points in the paint and taking less three-point shot attempts. The result? Miami is 9-4 in their last 13 games.

Despite the loss to Golden State, the Heat are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 32-25 record, just a half-game back of the third-seeded Boston Celtics.

Assuming the Heat continue to play more fast-paced basketball as they’ve been doing in the month of February, there is no reason to believe that they can’t clinch the third seed in the East by season’s end.

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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.