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Golden State at Miami

Kapono's career-high 27 points power Heat past Warriors

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Sensing another game may be starting to slip away, the Miami Heat predictably asked a guard to get them rolling.

For a change, it wasn't Dwyane Wade.

Jason Kapono came off the bench to score a career-high 27 points, Wade added 18 points and eight assists, and the Heat beat the Golden State Warriors 105-92 on Saturday night.

Kapono had 15 points in the second quarter as the Heat took the lead for good.

"I got good quality looks and obviously my teammates did a good job of finding me," said Kapono, whose previous career best was 25. "And the style of play, too. It was an open court game, there were more shots out there to take and I was taking them."

Alonzo Mourning had 14 points and Udonis Haslem added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the defending NBA champion Heat, who got back to .500 at home (7-7) and tuned up for their Christmas Day showdown against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers by holding the Warriors to 37 percent shooting.

Miami put six players in double figures, with James Posey getting 13 and Jason Williams finishing with 10 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

Matt Barnes had 20 points and 12 rebounds and Jason Richardson scored 18 points on 7-of-19 shooting for Golden State, which saw its modest -- but season-best -- two-game road winning streak snapped.

Mike Dunleavy finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Golden State, while Baron Davis -- one night after dropping 38 points on Orlando in a 117-108 victory -- was held to 10 on 5-of-14 shooting.

"We didn't really have anybody who played well enough to help us stay in the thing," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "It was one of those deals."

Kapono outscored the Warriors' bench by himself, 27-26. It was the first time in the Heat's last 21 games with Wade that someone other than the reigning NBA finals MVP led Miami in scoring.

Kapono hit 11 of 18 shots and finished with the eighth-best scoring effort by a reserve in Heat history, only two points shy of the team's off-the-bench mark. Voshon Lenard had 29 points in 1999 for the Miami reserve record, and there's been six 28-point efforts by Heat reserves.

"He's been solid at both ends of the court," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "In the system he's been really good, effort has been good and he's been playing very well offensively. He's one of our key guys in the rotation now."

Golden State lost guard Monta Ellis late in the third quarter with an injured right shoulder. Ellis entered as the Warriors' second-leading scorer, averaging 17.6 points.

Barnes hit a 3-pointer with 10:27 left that got Golden State within 85-71 before Kapono answered with a jumper from the left corner on Miami's next possession, and the outcome wasn't really in doubt from there.

"Jason is one of the best shooters in the league," Wade said. "He's got one of the quickest releases in the league. Once he's moving and a team, when they play zone, sometimes they lose track of the guy who's moving and we knew Jason would have a great opportunity."

Richardson had 14 points in the game's first 16:04, the last of those coming on a jumper that put Golden State up 36-31. The Warriors led much of the early going, despite missing 27 of their first 43 shots even as Richardson got off to a hot start.

But Kapono had 11 of his 19 first-half points in a 22-7 run over the final 7:30 of the half, sending Miami into the break with a 53-43 lead. The margin wasn't less than 10 the rest of the way.

"They started hitting some shots," Richardson said. "Kapono got hot on us. He just went on a roll. We were staying in the game until he got hot."

Notes

  • Top price for seats offered by Heat season-ticket holders to the Christmas Day game against the Los Angeles Lakers? $3,450 apiece, set of four, located eight rows behind the basket nearest to the Miami bench.
  • The Warriors used their 16th different lineup of the season.
  • Davis' first two shots were blocked, one by Mourning, one by Wade, all in the first 2:48.
  • Mourning blocked Barnes twice around the basket in a 3-second span of the first quarter.
  • Kapono has matched a career-high by hitting a 3-pointer in nine consecutive games.
  • Richardson started 6-for-11 from the floor, then went 1-for-8 the rest of the way.
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Miami's Jason Kapono scores a career-high 27 points and grabs five rebounds to beat Golden State.  (AP)
Miami's Jason Kapono scores a career-high 27 points and grabs five rebounds to beat Golden State. (AP)

Scoreboard
Golden State (14-15) 2419222792
Miami (12-14) «23302824105
GS:M. Barnes 20 Pts
GS:M. Barnes 12 Reb
GS:M. Barnes 5 Ast
MIA:J. Kapono 27 Pts
MIA:U. Haslem 10 Reb
MIA:J. Williams 9 Ast
Players of the Game
MiamiGolden State

J. Kapono

M. Barnes
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
275220125
Golden State
M. Barnes, SF408-201-1125120
M. Dunleavy, SF376-162-2111116
J. Richardson, SF337-192-460118
B. Davis, PG255-140-254210
A. Foyle, C191-30-04042
K. McLeod, PG213-60-01406
M. Ellis, PG202-70-04514
I. Diogu, PF142-44-54018
A. Biedrins, C133-31-14047
P. O'Bryant, C130-41-21131
A. Roberson, PG50-30-01000
T. Murphy, PFDid Not Play
M. Pietrus, SFDid Not Play
Z. Cabarkapa, SFDid Not Play
Totals 37-9911-1753201892
 37.4%64.7% 
Miami
J. Williams, PG374-91-269210
D. Wade, PG367-153-418418
U. Haslem, PF256-91-3100413
A. Mourning, C204-76-860014
D. Wright, SF180-72-28102
J. Kapono, SF3411-182-252327
A. Walker, PF271-20-07332
J. Posey, SF264-72-232313
M. Doleac, C112-50-02014
E. Barron, C30-10-01000
C. Quinn, PG31-20-00002
S. O'Neal, CDid Not Play
G. Payton, PGDid Not Play
W. Simien, PFDid Not Play
R. Hite, SGDid Not Play
Totals 40-8217-23492520105
 48.8%73.9% 
Other Games
Min 78 Final
Ind 71
Orl 83 Final
Cle 86
NY 77 Final
Phi 98
Atl 81 Final
Det 108
Utah 100 Final
Mem 97
SA 112 Final
NO 77
Char 76 Final
Chi 115
NJ 104 Final
Mil 115
LAC 98 Final
Hou 93
Tor 97 Final
Sea 110