HHH GameTime Preview: Miami Heat Vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Jeff Gross

Tonight, BG and CP3 lead the pride of the Western Conference into South Beach for a throwdown with LBJ and the wrecking crew.

The Miami Heat will host the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at the AAA, at 7:00 PM EDT in the first of two contests between them this season. The Clippers will host the return engagement on February 5th. After losing two straight on the road, first to the Philadelphia 76ers 114-110 last Wednesday, then 101-100 to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, Miami has strung two wins together, first defeating the Washington Wizards 103-93 on Sunday, then setting down the Toronto Raptors 104-95 on Tuesday. After tonight's matchup, they''ll go on to host the Boston Celtics on Saturday, the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, and the Dallas Mavericks on November 15th.

The Clippers started out with a surprising loss to their cross-town rivals in the season opener before reeling off three straight W's. They defeated the Golden State Warriors, 126-115 on Thursday, the Sacramento Kings 110-101 on Friday, and the Houston Rockets 137-118 on Monday night. Last night, they dropped one in Orlando to the Magic, 98-90.

The Heat last met the Clippers on February 8th last season, when the 32-14 Heat hosted the 35-16 Clippers in South Beach. At the time, Miami had won four straight. LeBron James led the way for Miami with 30 points on a clinical nine-for-11 (including four-of-five from deep) from the field, with six assists and five rebounds. Dwyane Wade scored 20 points with seven helpers, six boards and four steals, and Mario Chalmers helped out with 18 points while Chris Bosh took the night off. DeAndre Jordan led the Clips with 17 points, while Jamal Crawford and Blake Griffin each tallied 13. * Full Recap * Box Score

SokmIN NBA 2 8 13 LA Clippers Vs Miami Heat Highlights (via SokMin Woo)


LeBron James spoke later about Miami's home performance:

It's all about controlling home, letting people know we have a home dominance.

For the Clippers point of view, check out Clips Nation.

Miami's last game would see the HEAT follow a 103-93 home victory over the Washington Wizards with a 104-95 road
victory against the Toronto Raptors. LeBron James led the way for the HEAT with 35 points, eight rebounds, and eight
assists, Dwyane Wade scored 20 with six rebounds and five assists, and Ray Allen came off the bench for 14 points
and four boards. Chris Bosh took the night off to be with his family after the birth of his second child, daughter Dylan.
DeMar DeRozan paced the Raptors with 21 points. * Full Recap * Box Score

Miami Heat vs Brooklyn Nets | November 1, 2013 | Full Highlights | NBA 2013-14 Season ᴴᴰ (via NBAshowtimeHD2)


James spoke afterward about scoring in double figures for the 500th time in a row, only the fifth player in NBA history
to accomplish the feat:

It's very humbling and I just go out and play every night those are the results of it. When I see a stat like that it's
like 'wow'. I know the history of the game and I know the guys who paved the way for my myself and my
teammates. To be in such a great class like that is an amazing feeling.

Check out Raptors HQ for more on Toronto.

In the last action for the Clippers, Los Angeles played the Magic in Orlando last night, dropping a 98-90 decision. Blake
Griffin scored 23 points with 13 boards, DeAndre Jordan scored nine with 19 rebounds, and Chris Paul scored 18 with 10 
helpers before fouling out in the loss. For the Magic, Nikola Vucevic led all scorers with 30 points and 21 rebounds, while
Jameer Nelson pitched in with 11 points and eight dimes. * Full Recap * Box Score

LA Clippers vs Orlando Magic | November 6, 2013 | Full Highlights | NBA 2013-14 Season (via NBAshôwtimeHD2)


LA coach Doc Rivers summed it up after:

If you spot a team 19 points, you can win some of those games, but on the average you're probably going to lose
the game. Eventually they're going to make some shots and you're going to miss some; just the law of averages
says that.

If you'd like to read up on the Magic, head on over to Orlando Pinstriped Post.

Game Time: 7:00 PM ET

Broadcast: TSN

Radio: NBA Game Time Audio, WAXY, KFWB 980AM/KWKW 1330

All-Time Series: Miami has a .612 winning percentage against the Clippers since the HEAT's inception, going 30-19 overall.

Season Series: First of two meetings

Standings:

Miami Heat: 3-2, .500, on pace for a 49-33 season. First in the Southeast Division, 3rd in the Eastern Conference, tied for eighth in the NBA. Last Five: w l l w w.

Los Angeles Clippers: 3-2, .600, on pace for a 49-33 season. Third in the Pacific Division, tied for seventh in the Western Conference, tied for eighth in the NBA. Last Five: l w w w l.

HEAT Milestones:

We're gonna try something new here. Player is on the left, categories across the top. In each field the ranking will be on the left and the total value will be on the right.

Player
Games
Points
Rebounds
Assists
Steals
Blocks
Allen
75       84
58       923
79   235
61   153
59   71
75   16
Andersen
111      47
106     231
87   189
135  19
104  19
48   47
Anthony
10       372
59       906
16  1,172
81   88
37   108
4   453
Battier
50    142
62       807
66   332
60   160
38   106
23   89
Beasley
41    160
21      2,285
23   937
56   183
34   121
24   87
Bosh
24    212
13      3,774
12   1,621
32   374
23   177
12   201
Chalmers
11    371
15      3,131
24   866
5  1,347
5   557
47   50
Cole
46    150
57       928
78   236
39   312
39   105
103   9
Haslem
1      674
7       5,968
1    5,170
18   643
9    380
11   217
James
23    222
8       5,958
11   1,720
4   1,532
10   372
15   169
Jones
19    246
49      1,035
65    338
74   112
59   71
42   52
Lewis
97     59
98       303
103  126
105  42
97   24
84   14
Mason
199    1
188       3
198    0
175   2
185   0
174   0
Oden
201    0
201       0
198    0
190   0
185   0
174   0
Wade
2     669
1      16,527
4   3,384
1   4,066
1   1,190
2   670

Today in HEAT history

Miami is 7-2 when playing on November 7th through their history, mostly against the Nets (5-1).

1989 - Miami Heat 83, New Jersey Nets 77

1991 - Miami Heat 111, New Jersey Nets 894

1992 - Miami Heat 106, New Jersey Nets 94

1997 - New Jersey Nets 99, Miami Heat 87

2005 - Miami Heat 90, New Jersey Nets 89

2006 - Miami Heat 90, Seattle SuperSonics 87

2007 - San Antonio Spurs 88, Miami Heat 78

2008 - Miami Heat 99, San Antonio Spurs 83

2012 - Miami Heat 103, Brooklyn Nets 73

Birthdays

Greg Dreiling played 474 games at center over 10 seasons, mostly with the Indiana Pacers. He averaged just over two points per game, and today is his 51st birthday.

Starting Lineups

HEAT

PG - Mario Chalmers
PF - Udonis Haslem
C - Chris Bosh
SF - LeBron James
SG - Dwyane Wade

Clippers

PG - Chris Paul
PF - Blake Griffin
C - DeAndre Jordan
SF - Jared Dudley
SG - JJ Redick

HEAT Leaders

Points: LBJ - 25.6, BOSH - 19.8, DWade - 18.5
Rebounds: BOSH - 6.8, LBJ - 5.6, DWade - 5.0
Assists: LBJ - 8.0, Rio - 5.2, DWade - 4.3
Steals: Rio - 3.0, DWade - 1.8, four tied at 0.8
Blocks: BOSH - 1.5, DWade - 0.8, Birdman - 0.6
PER: LBJ (188 minutes) - 27.9, BOSH (131 minutes) - 22.7, RayRay (144 minutes) - 18.3, Rio (145 minutes) - 18.2, DWade (142 minutes) - 17.0

Thanks for stopping by Hot Hot Hoops today. Check back for the GameThread, going live at 6:00 PM. For more on the Clippers, check in over at Clips Nation.

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