Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/12

Game 1: Wednesday, December 12th
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Game 2: Wednesday, January 16th
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Heat 92

(25-12, 9-9 away)

Warriors 75

(23-14, 12-6 home)

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    10:30 PM ET, January 16, 2013

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

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    MIA 28 24 28 1292
    GS 21 17 12 2575

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    Miami: L. James 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl

    Golden State: C. Landry 10 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Stl

    LeBron James reaches two milestones in Heat's rout of Warriors

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    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and team president Pat Riley took a moment in the locker room late Wednesday night to give LeBron James the game ball and recognize his latest record.

    Players shouted and huddled in the center of the room. Then, as Spoelstra said, "Everybody took a shot at him -- a punch, a jab, an elbow, whatever they could get in before he started hitting back."

    Just a small sampling of the hurt James has put on the rest of the NBA for the last decade.

    James became the youngest player in league history to score 20,000 points and also surpassed 5,000 assists on a milestone night, leading the Heat to a 92-75 victory over the undermanned Golden State Warriors.

    On a road trip that has had more bad news than good, James rewrote the headlines and the record books. He finished with 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in just 30 minutes to grab his latest slice of history.

    "It means everything," James said. "It means a lot. First of all, like I continue to say, it means I've been able to be healthy. To be out on the floor and do what I love to do, I love the game of basketball and I try to give everything to the game. And hopefully it continues to give back to me."

    James eclipsed both marks before halftime, helped Miami go ahead by 34 points in the third quarter and allowed Spoelstra to rest his starters -- without debate this time -- for the fourth. Dwyane Wade added 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Mario Chalmers scored 15 for the Heat, who had lost three of their last four away from home.

    David Lee had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Jarrett Jack scored 16 in place of Stephen Curry, who sprained his twice surgically repaired right ankle during Golden State's morning practice. The team said X-rays were negative, and Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he doesn't expect Curry to be out long.

    The Warriors, who upset the Heat 97-95 in Miami on Dec. 12, lost consecutive games for only the third time this season. With center Andrew Bogut already out indefinitely recovering from left ankle surgery, Curry's absence turned out to be too much to overcome against the defending NBA champions.

    "Disappointing, but we faced a team that remembered what took place in South Beach and came with a mindset to make a point, individually and collectively," Jackson said. "That's what great players do."

    James and Wade just overwhelmed the Warriors from the start.

    Wade lobbed an alley-oop from halfcourt that James finished with two hands early in the first quarter. James hit Wade slicing down the lane for a dunk moments later for his 5,000th career assist, and James made a 3-pointer after falling hard on his right elbow a play earlier to give the Heat a 23-14 lead.

    With the long-awaited record out of the way, James and Wade switched roles and opened the second half almost the same way the duo began the first.

    Wade tossed an alley-oop just inside halfcourt to James while two Warriors defenders watched the three-time NBA MVP soar for the slam, part of a scintillating 26-6 surge filled with highlights to open the third quarter and put the Heat ahead 78-44.

    In a 104-97 loss at Utah on Monday, Spoelstra sat Wade and played Chris Bosh for just 40 seconds in the fourth quarter in a decision that had been critiqued and questioned for the past two days by fans and national media. The Heat sliced a 19-point deficit to two without both before falling short.

    This time, the Big Three watched the final 12 minutes smiling from the bench.

    "Hopefully," Spoelstra said, "we can put to rest everything that happened the other night."

    Game notes


    In terms of games played, James is the seventh-fastest to join the 20,000 club. Wednesday was his 726th regular-season game. Chamberlain needed only 499 games to score 20,000 points. ... The Warriors fell to 13-3 against the Eastern Conference this season. The two other losses came against Orlando. ... Heat backup F Shane Battier returned after missing two games with a hamstring injury. He had two rebounds and finished 0 for 3 from 3-point range in 10 minutes.

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    LeBron James scored his 20,000th and 20,001st career points on a 12-foot left-elbow jumper with 2:45 left in the second quarter. James had success from mid-range Wednesday, scoring 12 of his 25 points.
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