NBA Game Summary - Miami at LA Clippers
(Friday, January 14th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 114, Miami 112 (2-OT)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Corey Maggette's off-balance turnaround jumper with 5/10ths of a second left in double overtime lifted the Los Angeles Clippers to a thrilling 114-112 win over Miami at Staples Center.
Elton Brand ended with 29 points and 13 boards while Maggette chipped in 26 points, 10 boards and five assists for the Clippers, who have won two straight contests. Bobby Simmons added 16 points and posted career-highs with 13 rebounds and eight assists in the win.
"Incredible win for us," said Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy. "Everybody came in and contributed. We made big ones down the stretch. Kerry (Kittles) did a nice job of finding Corey, and Corey drilled it."
Shaquille O'Neal poured in a game-high 39 points and hauled in 10 boards for the Heat, who have lost three of their last four games. Eddie Jones had 18 points and 11 rebounds while Rasual Butler also netted 18 points in the loss.
Miami played this game without its sensational point guard Dwyane Wade, who sat out with a back injury. Wade, who also missed Wednesday's contest, came into the game averaging 19,0 points, 5.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds per outing.
The teams went into the second overtime tied at 106, and after each team scored twice, both clubs went cold from the field over the next several minutes. However, Damon Jones' jumper with 32.7 seconds left stopped a long scoreless drought and gave the Heat a 112-110 lead.
Maggette then quickly tied the game with a runner and Miami was unable to get a shot off before it was whistled for a 24-second violation in the final seconds.
LA then had 2.4 seconds remaining before Maggette took an inbounds pass from Kittles and threw up an off-balance shot from the right corner that hit off the front rim and dropped through for a 114-112 lead with just 5/10ths left in double overtime.
"Kerry told me if you come off I'm going to get you the ball," said Maggette. "I just tried to come off and make the shot."
The Heat had one last gasp, but threw the ball away.
In overtime, Butler's three-pointer with 1:52 left gave the Heat a 103-101 edge, but Maggette was fouled on a three-pointer and drained all three free throws to put LA on top.
O'Neal then made 1-of-2 from the foul line to tie the game with 1:22 left, but Maggette again gave the Clippers the right back with a fallaway jumper.
Both teams then missed a shot and the Heat had a chance to tie in the final seconds of overtime. Butler, though, misfired on an attempt, but O'Neal grabbed the loose rebound and was able to hit a short jumper as he was falling backwards to tie the contest at 106-106 with 2.0 seconds left.
Darrick Martin's desperation shot was off the mark and the game went to double overtime.
Miami led 31-21 after one quarter, but the Clippers came storming back in the second and eventually forged ahead 41-40 on Kerry Kittles' layup. The margin grew as high as seven points in the waning minutes of the period and LA went into the locker room with a 53-48 advantage.
Brand scored 14 points, while O'Neal and Eddie Jones both netted 12 for the Heat in the opening 24 minutes.
O'Neal's free throw midway through the third quarter tied the score at 62 apiece and the teams went back-and-forth throughout the remainder of the period. Miami held a slim 75-74 edge after three.
The Clippers led by five midway through the fourth, but the deficit was trimmed to 92-90 on Butler's three-pointer with just over four minutes left in regulation. Udonis Haslem then made two foul shots to cut the gap to 96-95 with 47.3 seconds left in the fourth.
After forcing a turnover, Miami had a chance to take the lead, but O'Neal was fouled and the All-Star center made only 1-of-2 to tie the game at 96-96 with 14 seconds remaining in regulation.
Martin then missed a three at the buzzer for the Clippers to send the game into overtime.
O'Neal was 12-of-25 from the floor and 15-of-28 from the foul line...Miami finished its five-game road trip 2-3...LA defeated the Heat for only the sixth time in the last 19 contests...The Clippers, who have won four of their last five home games, are 3-4 in overtime games this year. Miami fell to 3-1 in overtime contests.
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