Tonight will be the second game of a five-game road trip for the HEAT. They started out with a 99-83 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, and will go on to visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, and the Sacramento Kings on Friday.
The Clippers will be playing in the final game of a nine-game homestand that started way back on Christmas Day with a 100-86 win over the Warriors. In addition, they lost to the Toronto Raptors 110-98, defeated the Utah Jazz, 101-97 and demolished the New York Knicks on New Year's Eve, 99-78. Since the new year started, they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 127-91, lost to the Atlanta Hawks 107-98, defeated the Lakers 114-89, and set down the Dallas Mavericks 120-100 last night.
Miami and Los Angeles last played on November 20th in AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL. Chris Paul had 26 points on eight-of-13 shooting with 12 assists, Blake Griffin scored 26 on 12-of-18 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals, and DeAndre Jordan scored 12 with 11 rebounds. Chris Bosh led Miami with a game high 28 points. Shabazz Napier had 17 with five rebounds, and Luol Deng had 13 with five more. * Box Score * Full Recap
Not a whole lot to say. That was a blitz in that first quarter. They absolutely knocked us on our heels and we just could never gain our footing after that. - HEAT coach Erik Spoelstra
Miami's last game would see them drop a 99-83 decision to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday. LaMarcus Aldridge scored a game-high 24 points with a dozen rebounds, Wesley Matthews had 18 with five helpers, and Damian Lillard pitched in 16 with three assists and two blocks. For the HEAT, Dwyane Wade led the way with 23 points and seven rebounds. Chris Bosh had 18 with five assists and five boards, and Hassan Whiteside had 10 points on five-of-six shooting with eight rebounds and four blocks. Box Score * Full Recap
It's simply not enough. We need a breakthrough in those moments. We have to find a way. Tonight it was simply a matter of not playing hard enough during those minutes when they made their run. Look, we've seen this movie. We can play with anyone, anywhere, in any building for 42 minutes. That ain't enough in this league. - Spoelstra
In the Clippers game last night, they handed the Dallas Mavericks a 120-100 loss. Blake Griffin led six players in double figures with 22 on an 11-for-15 night, with seven rebounds and six assists. Chris Paul had 17 points with 13 assists, and DeAndre Jordan had 13 with 15 rebounds. The Mavs were led by 25 points and six rebounds from Dirk Nowitzki and 12 points and six assists from Monta Ellis. Chandler Parsons scored a dozen points. * Full Recap
I don't know what it says, but I like it. Offensively, we never turned it off. We played downhill the entire game. - Clippers coach Doc Rivers
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All-Time Head-to-Head: The Clippers own the distinction of giving Miami their first loss and their first win back in 1988, and have gone on to win 32-of-52 all-time. Their .615 winning percentage is their fifth best against any franchise.
Miami HEAT: 15-21, .417, on pace for 34-48. Third in the Southeast Division, Eighth in the Eastern Conference, tied for 19th in the NBA. Last Five: L-L-L-W-L. Playoff Odds: 24.9%
Los Angeles Clippers: 25-12, .676, on pace for 55-27. Second in the Pacific Division, sixth in the Western Conference, 10th in the NBA. Last Five: W-W-L-W-W. Playoff Odds: 99.5%