NBA Game Summary - Miami at LA Clippers
(Wednesday, January 12th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 111, Miami 105
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Blake Griffin recorded his 24th straight double-double with 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers topped the Heat, 111-105, ending Miami's road winning streak at 13 games.
Eric Gordon finished with 26 points, while Baron Davis contributed 20 points and nine assists for LA, which has won three straight. Ryan Gomes was the fourth Clippers starter to end in double-digits as he added 11 points for the victors.
"It shows we can play with the best," Griffin said of his team. "Everybody came out and hit big shots."
Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 31 points for Miami, which had not lost on the road since a 106-95 setback to the Dallas Mavericks on November 27.
LeBron James finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Chris Bosh added 26 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. Mario Chalmers chipped in 12 points in a reserve role for Miami, which also had a nine-game overall winning streak snapped and lost for only the second time in 23 games.
Ike Diogu's layup with 8:39 remaining put the Clippers up 94-82. However, after a Miami timeout, Wade's layup started a 10-0 Miami run that was capped by a three from a hobbling James.
James was driving into the lane looking for a floater when he rolled his ankle near the free throw line. After running into the stands, he returned to the court and buried his three from the corner to cut the game to 94-92 with just over 6 1/2 minutes remaining.
Unfortunately for James, the effort was in vain as the Clippers quickly pushed their lead to 103-95 with a 9-3 run capped by Griffin's dunk.
That came just after Griffin and Chalmers both received technical fouls following a shoving match between the two.
The closest the Heat would get down the stretch was 109-105 after a Bosh three with 12.2 seconds remaining. Forced to foul, the Heat sent Gordon to line with 9.9 seconds remaining and he made both to account for the final margin.
"We need to come out with more energy," Bosh said. "We dug ourselves a hole, and [the Clippers] had a lot of confidence after the first quarter."
LA set the pace in a monstrous first quarter. Davis led the way with 10 points as the Clippers shot 77.3 percent from the field and jumped out to a 44-26 lead after the opening 12 minutes.
It set a team record for most points in a quarter this season.
"[The Clippers] blitzed us in the first quarter. Give them credit, they came out motivated," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We just had too big of a hole to overcome."
"Hopefully we can learn from this." Spoelstra added.
Wade dropped 13 in the second quarter, and the Heat cut their deficit to 68-58 at the half. Both teams' hot-shooting night game to a halt in the third quarter, as they went a combined 0-of-7 from beyond the arc, and the Clippers took an 86-78 lead into the fourth.
Miami fell one game short of the franchise record for consecutive road wins set from November 19-December 29 1996...Miami held a 46-42 rebounding margin...Griffin accounted for his 13th straight game of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.
01/13 02:45:05 ET