NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, January 10th (All times eastern)
Miami Heat (18-16) at Los Angeles Clippers (16-18), 3:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat resume a season-long six-game road trip Sunday in Hollywood when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.
The Heat kicked off the trek in impressive fashion Friday when Jermaine O'Neal hit a clutch jumper and added two free throws in the final 30 seconds, as Miami dealt the Suns a rare home loss, 109-105, despite the Heat's starting five accounting for just two field goals in the fourth quarter.
Dwyane Wade scored 33 points, while Miami reserves Dorell Wright and Udonis Haslem picked up the slack with seven and six points, respectively, over the final 12 minutes.
"It was a good game tonight," said Wade. "We had some battles within the game where we had a lead and they came back and took the lead then we took the lead back. We had to have some toughness tonight and we did. It was a good road win."
Michael Beasley posted 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who improved to 7-6 as the visitor on the year. Wright wound up with 15 points, O'Neal 13 and Haslem 10 for Miami, which entered Friday having lost four of its last five games.
Rafer Alston, who was signed Thursday for the remainder of the season, also had 10 points and started in his first game back for a second stint with the Heat.
Miami will also visit Utah, Golden State, Houston and Oklahoma City on its trip.
The Clippers, meanwhile, are coming off an impressive win over their co- tenants at Staples Center, the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. Eric Gordon led a fourth quarter charge in that one and finished with 18 points, as the Clippers finally beat the Lakers, 102-91, snapping a nine-game skid to their inner-city rival.
Baron Davis finished with 25 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who have won three straight games to tie a season-high. Chris Kaman ended with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Rasual Butler scored 14 and Craig Smith 12. Marcus Camby pulled down 13 rebounds.
"Obviously for us it's a big win against a team with the best record in the league," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Beating teams like Boston and the Lakers says we're improving. We played a good game."
The Clips, who were the host of Friday's game, have won five straight at Staples Center and are 11-8 at home on the season. LA hasn't won six straight at home since Nov. 2-18, 2006.
The Heat have dropped six of their past eight road games against the Clippers.
01/10 10:46:20 ET