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                === Heat begin western trip against Clippers ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The Miami Heat embark  on a six-game western road trip
 and  it  won't begin easily  as they visit  the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday
 night at Staples Center.
 
 The  Heat  will also visit Utah,  Phoenix and Golden State before the All-Star
 break,  then continue in Dallas before concluding the trek in Oklahoma City in
 a huge rematch of last week's drubbing by the Thunder.
 
 Miami  hits  the road playing good  basketball. The Heat have won two straight
 and  five of  their last six with  the only setback during that stretch was at
 the hands of the Thunder.
 
 Last  time out, the Heat ran their record to 27-1 when holding opponents under
 100  points  as they  dispatched  the  Detroit  Pistons, 102-96,  at  American
 Airlines Arena.
 
 It  wasn't LeBron James who was the high scorer for the Heat, this time it was
 Dwyane  Wade.  He scored  30 points,  grabbed 10 rebounds  and handed out five
 assists for Miami.
 
 Wade's  performance somewhat overshadowed James' own all-around effort, as the
 reigning  MVP  totaled 24 points, 11  assists and eight boards. Chris Bosh was
 the  only  other double-figure scorer  for the Heat with  17, but all 10 Miami
 players who saw action scored.
 
 "Our  team  is built for guys  to be in  the lineup. We're built on chemistry.
 We're built on rhythm. That's what we've had the last few games," said James.
 
 The  Clippers  open up a  five-game homestand losing  two of their last three,
 both  on the road. LA beat the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center, but sandwiched
 road  losses at  the  Golden  State Warriors  and  Denver  Nuggets around  the
 victory.
 
 The setback against the Nuggets was heart-breaking.
 
 Denver's  Randy Foye fixed  a broken play at the buzzer, draining a miracle 3-
 pointer to send the Nuggets over the Clippers, 116-115, in a thriller at Pepsi
 Center.
 
 Matt  Barnes  provided the 22nd  lead change in  a back-and-forth affair on an
 unlikely  3-pointer  with 6.2 seconds  remaining, leaving just enough time for
 the Nuggets to steal a win.
 
 J.J. Hickson held the ball near the top of the key for a slow-developing pick-
 and-roll,  and Foye  rushed over to take  the ball away from the big man. With
 Blake  Griffin in his  face, Foye faded away from 30 feet and released it just
 before the buzzer, sliding on his back as the ball dropped through the net.
 
 "Overall  the defense  was pretty good. (Foye) made a tough shot. It happens,"
 LA head coach Doc Rivers said.
 
 Griffin  poured in 36 points to lead the Clippers, who got 19 points from both
 DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford. Jordan pulled down 12 boards and has posted
 double-digit  rebounds  in 28  straight  games,  breaking Griffin's  franchise
 record set in the 2010-11 season
 
 The  Clippers will also host the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers before
 things  get interesting again. After those two, the Portland Trail Blazers and
 San Antonio Spurs head to Hollywood.
 
 This series has been even and predictable over recent years. They've split the
 last  10  matchups with  the Heat winning  all five in  Miami and the Clippers
 victorious in all five in LA.
 
 02/05 10:33:52 ET

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