Curry and Thompson smother the Heat

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors dribbling past Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat during the game at the AmericanAirlines Arena. He finished with 42 points, seven assists and seven rebounds to help the Warriors to a 118-112 victory, which also
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors dribbling past Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat during the game at the AmericanAirlines Arena. He finished with 42 points, seven assists and seven rebounds to help the Warriors to a 118-112 victory, which also broke the Heat's three-game win streak.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

MIAMI • Reigning National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry and fellow guard Klay Thompson combined for 75 points, as the Golden State Warriors rallied to beat Miami Heat 118-112 on Wednesday.

Curry finished with 42 points, seven assists and seven rebounds to lead Golden State's offensive juggernaut.

The Warriors lead the league in three-point accuracy and nobody does it better than Curry. He tied an NBA record on Wednesday with his 127th straight game with a three-pointer. The milestone basket came on his first points of the contest in front of a crowd of 19,900 at Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena.

Curry can pass Atlanta Hawks forward Kyle Korver for the record with another three-pointer when the Warriors (51-5) visit Orlando this morning (Singapore time).

Thompson had a streak of 15 straight Warriors points in the fourth quarter.

When he was substituted back in with 8min 6sec left in the game, the Warriors were trailing 89-90. He scored eight seconds later to begin a barrage that included three three-pointers, two lay-ups and a 14-foot step-back jumper in four-plus minutes of action.

After Thompson's fireworks, Curry took over as he scored 10 of the Warriors' final 14 points. That included two straight three-pointers, with the second shot giving the Warriors a 110-108 lead that they did not relinquish.

"We are moving the ball and playing unselfish," said Thompson.

"It is contagious. It is beautiful basketball and fun to watch."

The defending NBA champions also got 10 points and 11 rebounds from forward Draymond Green.

The Heat were led by guard Dwyane Wade's 32 points - his second 30-plus game this season.

Miami also got 21 points and 13 rebounds from centre Hassan Whiteside and a career-high 15 points from guard Josh Richardson.

"I thought the Heat outplayed us most of the game," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of a Miami team who had their three-game win streak snapped.

"But when Stephen and Klay shoot like that on the same night, we are tough to beat. They took over in the fourth quarter."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2016, with the headline 'Curry and Thompson smother the Heat'. Print Edition | Subscribe