NBA Game Summary - Miami at LA Clippers|
(Wednesday, February 5th)
Final Score: Miami 116, LA Clippers 112
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - A first-quarter barrage helped the Miami
Heat build a seemingly comfortable first half lead, which they were clinging
to by game's end.
Good thing Ray Allen was there to bail them out.
Allen scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, including a critical
3-pointer with 42.4 seconds left, and the Heat beat the Los Angeles Clippers
116-112 on Wednesday.
Miami led by as many as 19 in the first half, but the Clippers whittled the
gap to 109-107 with 1:04 left after DeAndre Jordan threw down an alley-oop and
Jordan Crawford hit a step-back jumper.
The Heat, though, responded when Dwyane Wade hit a wide-open Allen in the left
corner for his triple.
LA never got within less than four the rest of the way.
LeBron James had 31 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Heat, who
snapped a five-game road losing streak to the Clippers. Wade added 14 points
and eight assists in the win.
"It's tough to win on the road, it's about finding a way," Heat head coach
Erik Spoelstra said. "We got tested tonight."
Blake Griffin tallied a season-high 43 points to go with 13 boards, while
Crawford netted 31 points for Los Angeles, which has dropped three of its last
four on the heels of a four-game winning streak.
"I'm happy with the fight we had, that says a lot about our team. We just had
too many mistakes. I can't fault the effort from our guys," Clippers head
coach Doc Rivers said.
Miami made 15 of its first 18 shots from the floor and raced out to a 33-20
lead before settling for a 36-24 cushion after a quarter of play when Shane
Battier nailed a straightaway 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Heat shot 69.6 percent (16-of-23) in the opening frame and set a first-
quarter team record with 15 assists on their 16 made field goals.
Allen's technical free throw staked Miami to its 19-point bulge, 43-24, early
in the second, but LA got it within 62-55 at the break when Crawford knocked
down a deep triple at the horn over the outstretched arms of James.
The Heat extended the margin back to 89-75 after three.
Griffin netted the final eight points of a 10-0 Clippers run, which cut the
deficit to 99-97 with 5:14 to go.
The Heat tallied 33 assists on 41 made field goals in all ... Jordan had 16
points and 16 rebounds ... LA outrebounded Miami 52-31 ... Miami shot 52.6
percent (41-of-78) from the floor.
02/06 03:00:58 ET