NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, November 7th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Clippers (3-2) at Miami Heat (3-2), 7 p.m.
(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-
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
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,"
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
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 10:23:55 ET