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The Golden State Warriors fell to the Miami Heat 126-125 on Wednesday night after Heat guard Dwyane Wade banked in a miraculous three-pointer at the buzzer.
The Heat trailed the Warriors 123-125 during the game’s final possession, and Wade was forced to pass the ball to teammate Dion Waiters after being stopped by Andre Iguodala and Jordan Bell in the paint with five seconds left.
Wade then retreated to the three-point line and got the ball back from Waiters, but Wade had his first shot attempt blocked by Bell with a second left. The 13-time All-Star quickly corralled the ball and fired up a prayer that miraculously banked in from the top of the backboard.
Wade’s teammates mobbed him while the Warriors were left in disbelief.
The Warriors trailed the Heat for most of the game, but were able to storm back in the final minutes.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors in scoring with 36 points after connecting on seven of 15 three-point attempts.
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant had 24 and 29 points, respectively, but Durant missed a critical free throw in the final seconds that prevented the Warriors from pushing their lead to 128-125.
Had Durant hit the free throw, Wade’s buzzer-beater would have merely sent the game to overtime.
Draymond Green fouled out after 23 minutes of action, and DeMarcus Cousins did not play due to rest. Curry, Durant, Thompson, Iguodala and Bell finished the game for the Warriors.
The Warriors will play the Orlando Magic on Thursday at 4 p.m.
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