NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Miami
(Monday, March 10th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 99, Miami 98
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Cuttino Mobley scored 29 points, including the go-ahead free throws in the waning seconds, as the Los Angeles Clippers topped the Miami Heat, 99-98, continuing Miami's woeful season on the day the Heat learned they would be without star guard Dwyane Wade for the remainder of the season.
Wade is out because of a balky left knee that was surgically repaired in the offseason. He had apparently complained of soreness in the knee a couple of weeks ago and sat out Friday's game against Golden State to rest. He returned Saturday against Atlanta and scored 24 points with eight assists in a 97-94 loss.
The team announced Monday that Wade will undergo shock therapy treatment, a non-surgical procedure, later this week. He will then be limited to passive exercise for 30 days before returning to basketball activities.
Al Thornton scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who won for just the second time in their last 10 games. Corey Maggette also scored 22 for the Clippers, and made all three of his attempts from beyond the arc and all nine of his free throws.
After a back-and-forth final 12 minutes, Maggette hit a pair of free throws to put the Clippers in front, but Ricky Davis canned a three from the left corner with 33.1 ticks on the clock to give the Heat a 97-96 edge.
Thornton was fouled with 26.9 seconds left, but made just 1-of-2 from the charity stripe.
On Miami's ensuing possession Davis drove to the basket and was fouled by Thornton with five seconds left. Davis made the first to give Miami a 98-97, lead, but missed the second and Tim Thomas controlled the rebound before the Clippers called timeout with 4.7 seconds to play.
Mobley took the inbounds pass and drove into the lane, where he was fouled by Mark Blount with 2.6 ticks left. Mobley drained both foul shots, giving Los Angeles a 99-98 lead.
"We had a one point lead with 4.7 seconds to go," said Miami coach Pat Riley. "The whole objective of a possession is to contain and make the guy take the tough shot. We actually went for the steal. I think we went for the steal and that let Mobley fo right down into the basket."
After a Miami timeout, Davis fired a three from the right wing, but the ball went in-and-out of the hoop as the buzzer sounded and the Clippers held on for the win.
"I got a good look," Davis said. "I think (Mobley) got a piece of it and maybe made it rattle out. It was what we look for."
Davis scored 27 points for the Heat, losers of five straight and 32 of their last 35. Daequan Cook added a career-best 23 points, while Shawn Marion notched 17 points and 17 boards.
"You've just got to fight through this," Cook said. "It's about progressing and learning from stuff like this. It's more of a learning process now for all of us, especially for me."
Miami exploded out of the chute in the second half, as Cook nailed a pair of early threes as part of a 17-5 run to open the half, capped off by consecutive jumpers from Marion and Blount that gave Miami a 64-63 lead just five minutes into the third.
The Heat continued to roll, scoring 10 of the next 12 points to extend the run to 27-7 and take a nine point lead, 74-65, with 2:52 left in the third after five straight points from Davis finished the flurry. The Heat led by as many as 10 in the quarter and used a 33-15 scoring edge to hold an 80-73 lead at the start of the fourth quarter.
"We got back into the game," Riley said. "We had a nice lead, then they got right back into it. I think we had a 10 point lead for a while. Before we knew it, they were tied again and it was a game."
Davis nailed a jumper to stretch the Miami lead to nine in the first 30 seconds of the fourth, but the Clippers rattled off the next nine points to tie the game at 82 on Mobley's jumper with 9:22 to play.
The lead was traded for the next several minutes, with Marion's layup putting the Heat up 88-87 with 5:10 to play. After a Clippers turnover, Davis sliced through the lane for a layup that gave Miami a three-point margin with 4:41 on the clock.
Mobley countered with a layup, then made 1-of-2 at the charity stripe to tie the game at 90 with exactly four minutes left. Thornton then made a pair of free throws to put the Clippers ahead, 92-90, just before the three minute mark.
"Mobley gave us a big lift," said Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy. "Particularly in the second half when he brought us back."
Davis made a free throw to cut the lead to one, but Mobley responded with a pair of his own for a 94-91 margin. On Miami's next possession, Jason Williams buried a three from the top of the key to tie the game with 1:13 left.
Los Angeles didn't look to have much of a challenge in the early going, opening up a double-digit lead just minutes into the contest.
The Clippers opened a 21-9 lead halfway into the first quarter, but the Heat outscored Los Angeles 14-8 over the final six minutes of the period and Miami trailed, 29-23, after one quarter.
Mobley scored the first four points of the second quarter to push the lead back to double-digits, and the Clippers led by as many as 16 on their way to a 58-47 halftime advantage.
The Heat requested waivers on guard Smush Parker on Monday. Parker was reportedly banished from the team after an incident with a valet attendant in November. A woman reportedly accused Parker of twisting her arm during an altercation about a valet parking fee and was seeking criminal charges...Davis made 10 shots in a row before missing his three at the buzzer...Miami used its 23rd different starting lineup this season, and had a different starting five for the fifth straight game...The Clippers finished the game shooting 54.5 percent from the field, while making 6-of-10 three- pointers and 21-of-24 free throws.
03/10 23:03:26 ET