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                     === Wade, Heat take down Clippers ===
 
 Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwyane Wade had 29 points and seven assists in
 the Miami Heat's 102-97 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers.
 
 LeBron  James added 18 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Heat, who
 have won three straight since beginning the year 1-2.
 
 "We made a lot of plays. The intensity, you could see it pick up in the second
 half," Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said.
 
 Chris Bosh, who played for the first time since the birth of his child earlier
 in the week, finished with 12 points in the victory
 
 Blake Griffin tallied 27 points and 14 boards, Chris Paul registered 11 points
 and  12 assists and DeAndre Jordan netted 11 points to go with 14 rebounds for
 Los Angeles, which has dropped back-to-back tilts on the heels of a three-game
 winning streak.
 
 "I  thought in  the first half that we  dictated the pace. You can see that in
 the  third quarter, they slowed the game down but then we slowed the game down
 with them," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said.
 
 A pair of Paul free throws staked the Clippers a 68-64 advantage a little past
 the  midway  point of  the third  before the Heat  responded with an elongated
 27-12 run that bridged into the final frame.
 
 Miami  took a 76-73 cushion into the fourth and Wade, who had 11 points in the
 stanza, had  nine during the surge,  which was capped on Shane Battier's right
 corner triple for a 91-80 Heat lead with 7:48 left.
 
 Griffin  had six  straight  LA points  during  a 6-2  flurry  that pulled  the
 Clippers  within  99-93 with 1:42  remaining. After  Ray Allen and Paul traded
 buckets,  James  was called for  a travel. Griffin's  dunk whittled the gap to
 101-97  with 31 ticks  to play, but he allowed James to run 15 seconds off the
 clock without fouling him on Miami's ensuing possession.
 
 James  split  the pair  and Paul missed  a trey  at the other  end to seal the
 outcome.
 
 Earlier,  Los Angeles  raced out to a  10-2 start and Willie Green's jumper at
 the  first  quarter buzzer gave  the Clippers a 31-28  edge after a quarter of
 play.
 
 The  Clippers took a 56-52 spread into the break. Paul had nine helpers in the
 opening half.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Miami  has won  25 of its last 26  regular season games at home dating back to
 last  season  ... The Heat have  won five in a  row in South Beach against the
 Clippers ... Miami tallied 24 points off 19 LA turnovers.
 
 
 11/08 01:08:31 ET