The tenacious play of Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon and the solid contribution of Baron Davis raised the Clippers down the stretch to defeat the red hot Miami Heat. The big three scored a combined 70 of the Clippers 111 points tonight.
Miami started their road win streak on December 1, beating notables like the Spurs, Hornets, Bulls and Lakers, winning 21 of 22 games.
They came into the Staples Center and were denied.
After an altercation between Miami’s Mario Chalmers and Blake Griffin, Baron Davis created a crafty assist to Griffin, allowing Blake to finish with a monstrous dunk, staring down Chalmers in the after math. Griffin finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds, recording his 24th straight double-double.
The polarizing statistic of the night was the points scored in the paint. The Clippers scored fifty-eight points down low and Miami’s post players contributed forty-six.
Los Angeles also showed they aren’t selfish in their scoring, winning the assist battle, with 33 assists to the Heat’s 22.
Missed foul shots down the stretch kept the Heat in the game but the lack of time outs by Miami allowed the Clippers to run the clock out to secure the victory.
The “Heatles”, what Lebron so affectionately has coined the Heat, scored 84 of Miami’s 105 points but wasn’t enough to dominate Los Angeles.
The Clippers have won three straight, making this victory eight in the last eleven match-ups.
They face the Heat again on Super Bowl Sunday in Miami, February 6 at 12:00 pm (EST).
The Clippers next opponents are the Warriors on Friday at Golden State, tip-off is at 10:30 pm (PST).
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Written by Gyasmine
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