The Golden State Warriors continue their terrific season, beating the Miami Heat 104-89 on Jan. 14, behind a 32-point performance by Stephen Curry, for their eighth consecutive win.
During their current streak, the Warriors are winning by an average margin of 19.8 points. They still hold the NBA’s best record (31-5) and lead their Pacific Division by 6.5 games.
Curry continues to make a case for his MVP campaign; he made seven three-pointers and added five rebounds, three assists and three steals. He ranks sixth in the league in scoring (23.3), second in steals (2.14) and fifth in assists (8.0).
The win also extended the Warriors’ home winning streak to 15 games, but getting close to the All-Star break, health and fatigue become an issue in every locker room.
"I think it hits every team, regardless of your record," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. "If anything, it should be easier for us. This has been so much fun. Everybody's playing, and we are winning. It's been a fantastic season to this point so that should help carry us for a bit."
Klay Thompson added 19 points, joining Curry as the only two Warriors in double-digits in the win. They accumulated 29 assists compared to only 19 by the Heat. Golden State ranks first in that category in the league, averaging 27.0 assists per game, ahead of the Hawks’ 25.6.
Chris Bosh led the Heat with 26 points, while adding seven rebounds. Luol Deng scored 19, and both, Shabazz Napier and Hassan Whiteside had 10 apiece.
Both the Heat and the Warriors are back in action on Jan. 16; the Heat travel to Sacramento to face the Kings, and the Warriors visit the Thunder in Oklahoma City.