Miami Heat ahead James Johnson, proper, drives the ball in opposition to Golden State Warriors ahead Kevin Durant throughout the first half.(Photo: Ben Margot, AP)

OAKLAND (AP) — Shots have been contested, and so many missed the goal.

The Golden State Warriors needed to get defensive and grind out a win — and coach Steve Kerr appreciated that sort of push for the defending NBA champs.

Kevin Durant had 21 factors and eight rebounds to badist the Warriors overcome their taking pictures woes and beat the Miami Heat 97-80 in a uncommon low-scoring outing Monday evening.

“It’s a good feeling to know if we focus on taking care of the basketball and playing solid defense and focus in on that end really hopefully regardless of how our offense is we’re going to be in good position to win games,” Stephen Curry mentioned. “Tonight was kind of a testament to that.”

Draymond Green scored 18 factors with a season-high 4 3s to go together with 9 rebounds because the defending NBA champions gained for the seventh time of their final eight video games, together with three straight in lopsided trend on their latest highway journey.

The Warriors had scored 100 factors in each regular-season sport since their second-to-last matchup final season, a 105-99 defeat to Utah because the regulars rested or performed restricted minutes forward of the playoffs. Golden State is Three-11 over the previous three seasons when held beneath 100 factors.

“I thought it was our best defensive effort of the year,” Kerr mentioned. “It was a grind-it-out game and I thought we did a good job of staying with it. We held them to 80 points. That’s kind of a playoff style win where you have to grind it out, nothing’s easy.”

Curry added 16 factors and Klay Thompson 13. The Warriors shot simply 36.eight% and 11 for 32 from deep. Durant added six badists and three blocks, making all 10 of his free throws because the Warriors shot 22 of 24 from the road.

“I just feel that’s East Coast basketball. If we want to be a great team we’ve got to play different ways,” Durant mentioned. “It’s a good test for us.”

James Johnson scored 21 factors off the bench and Goran Dragic contributed 19 factors for Miami an evening after squeaking out a 104-101 highway win in opposition to the Clippers.

Thompson missed his first 4 three-point tries earlier than connecting late within the first half as Golden State took a 50-37 lead into intermission. Curry was 1 for 9 within the first half and Durant Three for eight — and so they went a mixed zero for 7 from deep — earlier than Golden State bought going a bit after halftime.

Curry was hit with a technical on the Three:20 mark of the primary quarter for an elbow to Tyler Johnson whereas the Golden State star drove to the basket.

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Both groups have been chilly taking pictures within the early going — Golden State 29.2% within the first quarter to 38.1 by Miami, which dedicated seven of its 23 turnovers within the interval.

WHITESIDE’S MINUTES

Heat middle Hbadan Whiteside performed simply 16-plus minutes, taking pictures 1 of 9 for 3 factors and 6 rebounds and sat a lot of the second half.

“This is one game, he understands how important he is to our team to play at a high level, high energy level, so we’ll move on to Phoenix and look to have a much better game,” coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned.

KERR ON GUN CONTROL

Shootings contact Kerr personally. His father, Malcolm, was murdered on Jan. 18, 1984, because the President of American University of Beirut.

Kerr supplied condolences and ideas to victims of the Texas church taking pictures that killed 26 — to not point out a powerful message on gun management.

“It’s just awful, and that’s the prevailing sentiment from all of us today,” Kerr mentioned. “To clear up it, I feel we virtually have to take a look at it like a public well being challenge. Too usually, I feel we get caught up in political rhetoric, Second Amendment rights, NRA stuff. We have to take a look at this it has nothing to do with partisanship or political events.

“This has bought to be a public security challenge, a public well being challenge. We must someway get our authorities to chop via all of the crap and get proper to the purpose — the purpose of reality which is security, which implies a number of issues we are able to do with out taking away individuals’s Second Amendment rights. Let’s do the smart factor.”

TIP-INS

Heat: Spoelstra obtained a technical for arguing late within the first half. … Miami misplaced its fourth straight on the Warriors’ house ground. … Starting G Dion Waiters continues to be away from the staff after he returned to Miami for the start of his daughter Sunday morning.

Warriors: C David West had an evening off for relaxation. “It’s a routine we’re going to follow all year,” Kerr mentioned of spelling West, Andre Iguodala and different veterans as wanted. … Warriors nice Al Attles is predicted again at Oracle on Wednesday evening, sooner or later after his 81st birthday. Attles was hospitalized and missed an evening honoring him Oct. 27. … Golden State has 10 or extra 3s in all 11 video games to date — one thing the staff did 14 consecutive instances final season.

UP NEXT

Heat: At Phoenix on Wednesday evening.

Warriors: Host Minnesota on Wednesday evening.

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