LOS ANGELES CA - JANUARY 12: Baron Davis #5 Eric Gordon #10 and Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers react after a foul during the game against the Miami Heat at the Staples Center on January 12 2011 in Los Angeles California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Clippers 111, Heat 105: Griffin, Gordon, Davis Lead Clippers To Third Straight Win

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Blake Griffin recorded his 24th straight double-double with 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers topped the Heat, 111-105, ending Miami's road winning streak at 13 games. Eric Gordon finished with 26 points, while Baron Davis contributed 20 points and nine assists for LA, which has won three-straight. Ryan Gomes was the fourth Clippers starter to end in double-digits as he added 11 points for the victors.

Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 31 points for Miami, which had not lost on the road since a 106-95 setback to the Dallas Mavericks on November 27. LeBron James finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Chris Bosh added 26 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. Mario Chalmers chipped in 12 points in a reserve role for Miami, which also had a nine-game overall winning streak snapped and lost for only the second time in 23 games.

After getting a double technical foul with Mario Chalmers of the Heat late in the fourth quarter, Griffin threw down a crowd-pleasing double-pump slam dunk, followed by a stare down of Chalmers. Here is video, courtesy of Ben Golliver from Blazers Edge:

The Clippers travel to Oakland to play the Golden State Warriors on Friday, looking for their fourth straight win.

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Clippers Vs. Heat: LeBron James At Home At Staples Center

As the Miami Heat come to town, one cannot help but wonder what life might have been like had LeBron James chosen to come to the Los Angeles Clippers rather than taking his talents to South Beach. It's a far-fetched scenario to be sure, but plugging LeBron into a lineup with Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon, not to mention DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe, would have been the best young nucleus in the NBA.

Of course, LeBron is the best player in the league, and any team with him would win a ton of games. Given how well the unconventionally constructed Heat are playing (they are 30-9, have won 21 of their last 22 games, and have won 13 straight road games), it's hard to fault LeBron in his free agent decision. That said, LeBron has performed quite well at Staples Center. Since 2007, LeBron James is 8-1 in nine games in Los Angeles:

LeBron James At Staples Center
Date Opponent Pts Reb Ast  Results
1/13/07 Clippers 28 6 6  W, 104-92
2/15/07 Lakers 38 4 3  W, 114-108
11/11/07 Clippers 22 5 8  W, 103-95
1/27/08 Lakers 41 9 4  W, 98-95
1/19/09 Lakers 23 9 4  L, 88-105
3/10/09 Clippers 32 13 11  W, 87-83
12/25/09 Lakers 26 4 9  W, 102-87
1/16/10 Clippers 32 4 4  W, 102-101
12/25/10 Lakers 27 11 10  W, 96-80
Totals 29.9 7.2 6.6  8-1 (99.3-94.0)
Source: Basketball-Reference.com

Then again, LeBron has averaged 28.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 7.2 assists against everybody for the last four and a half years. Maybe he's just great, and the arena doesn't have much to do with it. Whatever the reason, the Clippers will have their hands full tonight with King James.

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Clippers Vs. Heat: Probable Starting Lineups & Injury Report

The Los Angeles Clippers have a tall order tonight, trying to win their third-straight game and eighth out of their last 11. The big, bad Miami Heat are coming to town, with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh in search of their 10th straight win overall and their 14th straight win on the road. Here is a look at tonight's probable starting lineups and (relatively thin) injury report:

Heat (30-9)

The only player listed on the Miami injury report is Udonis Haslem, who has been out since November after left foot surgery. Tonight will be his 27th straight missed game.

Clippers (12-24)

Chris Kaman, who has missed the last 15 games and 26 games overall this season, is still out with a bone bruise and left ankle sprain. Craig Smith is also out, having missed the last eight games with a herniated disc in his back. Brian Cook has missed nine straight games with a sprained left ankle, and is listed as doubtful for tonight's contest.

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Clippers Vs. Heat: Miami Approaching NBA Road Record

The Los Angeles Clippers have their hands full tonight as the red-hot Miami Heat come to town, looking to plunder another village along the way to (they hope) the NBA Finals. It was much more fun when the Heat were floundering at 9-8, rendering Jeff Van Gundy's all too ambitious prediction of 74 wins this season all but impossible. Well, since then Miami has ripped off 21 wins in 22 games, including winning their last nine games.

Miami has won their last 13 road games in a row, and have been laying waste to opponents. In their 13 straight road wins, Miami has outscored opponents 104.2 to 90.5, on average. Their road streak is nearing in NBA record:

Longest NBA Road Winning Streaks
Team Year Streak Season Result
Los Angeles Lakers 
1971-1972 16 NBA Champs
Utah Jazz 1994-1995 15 Lost First Round
Miami Heat
1996-1997 14 Lost Conference Finals
Miami Heat
2010-2011 13 ???
Philadelphia 76ers
2000-2001 13 Lost NBA Finals
Boston Celtics
1964-1965 13 NBA Champs

However, Miami was taken to overtime in each of their last two games, so perhaps they are human after all.

For more information on this game, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Clippers To Battle Surging Heat At Staples Center

The Los Angeles Clippers have been playing well of late, but face a team playing even better as they host LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Both teams had terrible starts to their seasons and have rebounded, but it is a matter of degree which separates the two. The Clippers have won seven of their last 10 games, including two straight, while the Miami Heat have a nine-game winning streak, and have won 21 of their last 22 games after an underwhelming 9-8 start.

The Clippers have played relatively well at home this season, with a 9-13 record, and have vanquished Oklahoma City, New Orleans, San Antonio, and Denver at Staples Center. However, the Heat have been on fire in their road uniforms of late, and have won 13 straight games away from home. The Heat franchise record for consecutive road wins is 14, set in 1996-1997, which is two off the NBA record, set by the 1971-1972 Lakers.

Speaking of streaks, the Blake Griffin show goes on. Griffin, who leads the NBA with 85 dunks this season, has a franchise-record 23 straight double-doubles. In addition, Griffin has 12 straight games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, the longest streak in the NBA since 2001. During those 12 games, Griffin is averaging 25.3 points and 14.5 rebounds.

Tonight's game features four players quite adept at getting to the free throw line:

NBA Free Throw Attempt Leaders
Player FTA Rank
LeBron James 342 2nd
Dewyane Wade 337 3rd
Blake Griffin
304 5th
Eric Gordon 257 11th

Eric Gordon, who is averaging a career-high 23.5 points per game this season, has scored 53 points in his last two games, making seven of 15 three-pointers. LeBron James scored a season-high 44 points in Miami's last game, a 107-100 overtime win in Portland. Miami's last two games have been overtime victories. The Heat have won 11 straight games against the Pacific Division, including 6-0 this season.

For more information on this game, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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