NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Miami
(Wednesday, February 16th)
Final Score: Miami 113, LA Clippers 95
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Damon Jones poured in a career-high 31 points and connected on 8-of-10 shots from three-point range as Miami cruised past the LA Clippers, 113-95 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Dwyane Wade netted 28 points and tied a career-high with 12 assists as the Heat won for the seventh consecutive time. Shaquille O'Neal finished with 14 points and eight boards in the win.
"I was really feeling it," Jones said. "I got good looks at the basket and the rim was looking good. I didn't know early if shots were going to fall, but I came out in the second half and shot well. Shaq and Dwyane were doing a good job rotating the defense to give me open looks."
Corey Maggette led the way for the Clippers with 23 points and Elton Brand contributed 18 and 13 rebounds for LA, which has lost seven straight contests and 13 of its last 18. Bobby Simmons tallied 12 points, while Rick Brunson, Chris Kaman and Chris Wilcox all had 10 points in the loss.
The Clippers were able to hang around for much of the first quarter but the Heat pulled away towards the end of the stanza and led 28-20 after 12 minutes. Miami led by as many as 16 in the second and took a 55-45 advantage into halftime.
Wade led all scorers with 15 points in the first half.
The Heat continued to stretch their lead in the early moments of the third quarter, using an 11-4 spurt to push their lead to 17. Jones knocked down a trey in the midst of the flurry, while Wade capped it with his three-point play at 9:18.
Jones continued his three-point barrage with a pair to close out the quarter and Miami carried a 90-75 advantage into the final stanza.
The Heat led by as many as 22 in the last frame and the Clippers never got back in the game.
"We let Damon Jones get away from us," Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr. said. "Everytime we were making a run, he had open three's that he banged down. Wade had some tough plays, but Damon was the difference in the game."
Miami improved to 11-0 on Wednesday nights and has won 10 of its last 11 contests...LA went 2-of-9 from beyond the arc (22 percent) and shot 43 percent from the field...The Heat connected on 8-of-15 shots from three-point range and shot 53 percent on field goals...The Clippers' Marko Jaric (foot) and rookie Shaun Livingston did not play...Jones' nine field goals and eight three's were both career-high's.
02/16 23:07:17 ET