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Instant Replay: Warriors come alive in fourth to fend off Heat

Instant Replay: Warriors come alive in fourth to fend off Heat

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OAKLAND -- The Warriors never quite shifted their high-powered offense into overdrive, so they leaned on their defense to knock off the reeling Miami Heat 107-95 Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

With Klay Thompson given the night off, the Warriors turned to All-Stars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry to provide most of the offense, and they combined for 52 points. Durant put in 28 points, Curry 24.

Draymond Green tossed in 13 points and Ian Clark came off the bench to add 10.

The Warriors (33-6) spent much of the first half trailing before cranking up the defense in the third quarter, holding Miami to 14 points on 25-percent (5-of-20) shooting.

Rookie Pat McCaw started at shooting guard in place of Thompson and finished with 3 points on 1-of-3 shooting in 18 minutes.

Center Hassan Whiteside finished with 28 points and 20 rebounds to lead Miami (11-29), which lost for the ninth time in 10 games.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Though he didn’t shoot particularly well, Curry did plenty to making an impact.

Curry’s line: 24 points (8-of-21 from the field, 4-of-11 from deep, 4-of-5 from the line), nine assists, eight rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot. He played 36 minutes and was plus-18.

TURNING POINT

Though the Warriors twice took significant leads in the third quarter, it wasn’t until the fourth that they took control.

When the Heat got within three, 85-82, with 6:36 remaining, the Warriors responded with an 11-4 burst to go up 96-86 on a Curry 3-point bomb with 3:13 to play.

Miami got no closer than seven in the final three minutes.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: G Klay Thompson (rest) was ruled out late Tuesday morning. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the Development League.

Heat: F Udonis Haslem (respiratory illness) was questionable. G Josh Richardson (L foot sprain) was listed as doubtful and ruled out prior to tipoff. F Justise Winslow (R shoulder surgery) is not with the team.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return to action Thursday night, when they face the Detroit Pistons at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Report: Dwyane Wade, Bulls expected to agree on buyout

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Report: Dwyane Wade, Bulls expected to agree on buyout

It appears that the Dwyane Wade era in Chicago won't last much longer.

The 2006 NBA Finals MVP and the Bulls are expected to reach terms on a buyout agreement within the next few months, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.

In July 2016, Wade signed a two-year deal worth $47 million -- with a $23.8 million player option in Year 2.

In late June, he exercised the option.

If a buyout happens, Wade would become a free agent.

He is very close with LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony reportedly wants to be traded to Houston.

The Warriors open the season against the Rockets on Oct. 17.

Wade's status will be a story worth watching.

The 12-time All-Star will turn 36 years old in January.

Kevin Durant responds to tweet saying Cavs should trade LeBron

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Kevin Durant responds to tweet saying Cavs should trade LeBron

Kevin Durant was recently playing some pickup ball with LeBron James (see video below).

And on Wednesday afternoon, he reacted to a fan's opinion on what the Cavs should do with LeBron.

LeBron took his talents to South Beach in July 2010, and the Cavs landed the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 (Kyrie Irving), 2013 (Anthony Bennett) and 2014 (Andrew Wiggins).

Durant should have also mentioned that LeBron has a no-trade clause and that Dan Gilbert can't trade LeBron even if he wants to.

[RELATED: The report about LeBron's future with Cavs is reportedly '100 percent false']

Also, why would LeBron waive his no-trade clause and agree to be shipped to a team that is going to have to relinquish many assets just to get LeBron?

He can simply play this season out and then determine his future next summer.

The only question that needs to be answered at this point is: Will the Cavs actually trade Kyrie Irving or will they hold out and hope for a reconciliation?

Enjoy the video...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller