NBA Game Summary - Miami at LA Clippers
(Saturday, November 29th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 97, Miami 96
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Zach Randolph and Al Thornton scored 27 points apiece to help the Clippers edge the Heat, 97-96.
Baron Davis scored 15 points and doled out nine assists for Los Angeles, which saw its four-game slide come to an end. Marcus Camby had 12 points to match his game-best 12 boards.
Dwyane Wade had 26 points and dished out 11 helpers for the Heat, who have dropped three of four overall. Rookie sensation Michael Beasley ended with 24 points and five boards off the bench. Udonis Haslem dropped 18 points in defeat.
The Clippers were down by six, but Davis' layup and eight straight points from Randolph gave LA a 90-86 lead with just under four minutes left in the game.
"They were aggressive and attacked the basket," said Miami coach Erik Spoelstra. "We couldn't keep them off the free throw line. We had open looks but just missed them."
After Miami turned the ball over, Thornton connected on a three-point play to up Los Angeles' run to 13-0.
The Heat answered as Shawn Marion logged a three-point play, and Randolph was then called for travelling with 2 1/2 minutes left.
Marion's dunk was blocked by Thornton, though, and the Clippers got the ball back. Davis ended that possession with a jumper that made it 95-89.
Haslem's jumper from the foul line bricked off the iron and Davis notched a fadeaway jumper to make it 97-89.
Wade nailed a jumper and, after Davis missed a long three, drained a three to cut it to 97-94.
Davis then missed another three with about 26 seconds left and Haslem grabbed the rebound. Following a timeout, Wade took the ball, drove through the lane and kicked it to Haslem on the left wing. He nailed a jumper with 7.6 ticks left to make it a one-point game.
On the inbounds pass, Wade stole the ball, grabbed it and threw it into the backcourt before falling out of bounds. The original call was that Wade was out of bounds and it was LA ball, but after some Heat players lobbied with the officials the call was reversed and it was Miami ball with 7.2 seconds left.
Wade took the inbounds pass and dribbled around the right wing before getting fouled by Mike Taylor with 2.9 ticks on the clock.
Wade, stationed under the basket, dashed out to the top of the arc to, again, take the inbounds pass. He gathered the ball, dribbled and let loose a long three from the top-right corner of the arc with Camby in his face. The shot was no good and the Clippers held on for the win.
"We didn't finish the way we should have but it's great to get the victory," Davis said.
The Clippers went up 29-28 after the first quarter but the Heat were on top, 56-54, at the break.
The teams traded baskets and each club held a lead before a Mario Chalmers three-pointer from the right wing gave the Heat a 68-63 edge late in the third.
Miami stayed up by five, 73-68, heading into the final 12 minutes.
Los Angeles rookie Eric Gordon left in the third quarter with a sore right hamstring...The Clippers are off to their worst start since the lockout- shortened 1998-99 squad started 0-17...Miami has gone 1-2 on its five-game road trip. The Heat will also visit Golden State and Utah on the swing...Los Angeles and Miami split two matchups a year ago while the Clippers have won five of seven and six of the last nine meetings in the series...Miami has lost six of its last eight contests at the Clippers.
11/30 02:00:36 ET