Box Score Bits for January 10 – Heat/Warriors
January 10, 2012
Dorell Wright (20 pts, 10 reb, 6 3PM) — Wright broke out of his 2011-12 slump in a major way, recording a season high 20 points on blistering 6-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc. Coming in he had made just 5 three-pointers in eight games. The Warriors, lacking scoring punch with Steph Curry sidelined indefinitely, will need Wright to continue to aggressively look for his shot in the games to come. As we saw a year ago, nights like this aren’t uncommon for Wright: in 2010-11 he actually made 6 or more three-pointers in a game on five occasions, and had 20 games where he sunk at least 4.
Nate Robinson (24 pts, 14-14 FT, 5 ast, 4 stl) — In just his third game as a member of the Warriors, Robinson keyed tonight’s victory, leading the team in scoring, going a perfect 14-for-14 from the charity stripe, and collecting 4 steals. The last one came in overtime and led to a Dorell Wright breakaway dunk, giving the Warriors a 3-point lead they would never relinquish. Robinson’s 24 points were his most since February 6, 2010 as a member of the Knicks, nearly two years and three teams ago. Coincidentally that game was also against LeBron James, then a Cleveland Cavalier (LBJ went off for 47 points himself at Madison Square Garden that night).
David Lee (20 pts, 14 reb (8 offensive), 3 ast, 4 stl, 48 minutes) — Lee paced the Warriors with a very complete game, playing 48 of a possible 53 minutes. It was his fourth straight double-double but his first 20-point game since December 26. His 4 steals were a nice bonus coming from a player who usually averages only about one per game.
Heat team notes: Surprisingly, the Heat’s plus/minus leader for the night was Joel Anthony at +14, with Mario Chalmers next best at +6. The big three were all in the negative as was newly acquired Shane Battier who posted the worst figure at -15, while contributing almost nothing offensively (1 point in 29 minutes). The Heat got 72% of their scoring (76 of 106 points) from the big three of Wade (34), James (26), and Bosh (16).