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.

Former UCLA guard to play for Warriors' summer league team in Vegas

Former UCLA guard to play for Warriors' summer league team in Vegas

Programming note: Watch Jordan Bell's introductory press conference on Friday at 1pm on NBC Sports Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

Now that the NBA Draft is behind us, it's time to look ahead to NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

It's safe to say that Jordan Bell -- the player the Warriors paid $3.5 million for to select at No. 38 overall -- will be suiting up in Sin City.

And one of his teammates will be a guy he competed against in the Pac-12.

Bryce Alford will play for the Warriors in Vegas, he tweeted on Friday morning.

The UCLA product averaged 15.5 points and 2.6 assists per game for the Bruins last season, while shooting 43 percent from deep.

He made 116 3-pointers.

Against Colorado on Jan. 12, he scored 37 points on 9-for-14 from distance.

The Warriors open their summer league slate on Saturday, July 8 at 7:30pm against the 76ers.

They play the Cavs on Monday, July 10 at 5:30pm, and the Timberwolves on Tuesday the 11th at 5:30pm as well.

Then, the tournament begins...

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

A behind-the-scenes look at Jordan Bell's NBA Draft party

A behind-the-scenes look at Jordan Bell's NBA Draft party

Programming note: Watch Jordan Bell's introductory press conference on Friday at 1pm on NBC Sports Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

With the 38th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select ... Jordan Bell.

But the Bulls didn't truly make the pick, because the Warriors paid Chicago $3.5 million for the rights to the big man from Oregon.

Bell hosted an NBA Draft watch party on Thursday, and the house was full of family and friends.

The folks at GazettesSports.com chronicled the whole thing in the video below.

Bell handed out gifts -- some of his college jerseys.

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The guests in attendance erupted (and even made it rain) when deputy commissioner Mark Tatum announced his name.

Bell then told everybody to be quiet, and he explained how Golden State traded for him.

The place went wild.

Bell then danced to E-40's "Tell Me When To Go."

Enjoy...

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