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                    === Clippers clash with LeBron, Heat ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - The high-scoring Los Angeles Clippers will face another
 stiff  challenge when  they resume a three-game road trip Thursday against the
 two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat.
 
 The  Clippers lead the NBA in scoring with 113.2 points per game, but suffered
 a  98-90  loss at  Orlando  on  Wednesday. Blake  Griffin  turned  in a  solid
 performance  with 23  points and  13 rebounds,  while Chris  Paul recorded  18
 points and handed out 10 assists.
 
 "A lot of credit goes to them. They executed all night, they made us guard and
 once again our defense failed us," Paul said.
 
 J.J.  Redick and Jamal Crawford scored 17 and 14 points, respectively, for the
 Clippers,  who made just  37.9 percent of their shots and only 3-of-19 from 3-
 point territory.
 
 L.A.  forward Matt  Barnes missed the contest with a right thigh contusion and
 is considered day-to-day.
 
 The  Clippers,  who had a three-game  winning streak cut short, will close out
 the  trip Saturday  against Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets, a team they
 defeated 137-118 on Monday.
 
 Miami  is  averaging 104.8  ppg  this  season and  the  Clippers  are last  in
 opponents scoring at 109.6 ppg. The Heat will try to take advantage of that in
 the opener of a four-game homestand versus the Clippers, Boston, Milwaukee and
 Dallas.
 
 The  Heat  won its  second straight game  after a two-game  slide by posting a
 104-95  triumph at Toronto  on Tuesday, as LeBron James pumped in 35 points to
 go along with eight rebounds and eight assists.
 
 James became the fifth player in NBA history to score 10 or more points in 500
 straight  games. James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (787 and 508 games), Michael
 Jordan  (866), Karl  Malone (575)  and Moses  Malone (526)  as the  only other
 players to accomplish the feat.
 
 "When  I see  a stat like that, I'm  like 'Wow,' because I know the history of
 the  game,  I know the  guys who  paved the way  for myself and my teammates,"
 James said.
 
 Dwyane  Wade netted 20 points and Ray Allen chipped in 14 for Miami, which was
 without  Chris  Bosh for personal  reasons. Bosh  is probable Thursday and has
 shot at least 50 percent from the field in each of his four games to start the
 season.
 
 Miami's  Erik Spoelstra  will coach his 400th regular season game Thursday and
 holds  a  263-136 record  in 399 career  games. Miami has  scored at least 100
 points in each of its first five games to start the season, the longest streak
 to start a season in franchise history.
 
 The  Heat  and Clippers split  two meetings last  season, while Los Angeles is
 winless in four straight trips to south Florida.
 
 
 11/07 10:40:32 ET