And then all of a sudden, thousands of people are clamoring to return to Waiters Island.
Dion Waiters, one-time member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, you know, Kevin Durant’s old team, nailed the dagger triple against his former teammate and the latter’s new squad, as the Miami Heat upset the Golden State Warriors, 105-102.
The Heat led most of the way in this one, and were up 10, 98-88, courtesy of a Waiters jumper, 4:03 left. But then the Warriors went on their customary big run, and off a timeout, a dunk by Durant tied things up at 102-all, 11.7 seconds to go.
And that’s when Waiters performed his heroics, hitting a triple over the defense of Klay Thompson from the top of the arc. The Warriors did have 0.6 seconds to make something happen, but Stephen Curry was unable to connect.
Waiters finished with 33 points, tying his career-high, on 13-of-20 shooting. He made 6-of-8 triples, and added five boards, and four dimes. Miami has now won four straight games as well, not bad for a team that was expected to tank following multiple injuries to their main players.
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