MIAMI - FEBRUARY 06: Guard Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat dunks against the L.A. Clippers at American Airlines Arena on February 6 2011 in Miami Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Miami Pulls Away From Clippers, Who Lose Sixth Straight Road Game

Blake Griffin had 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Clippers.

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Wade, Heat Too Much For Clippers, 97-79

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade poured in a game-high 28 points and added eight rebounds and eight assists, as Miami used a solid fourth quarter to top the Los Angeles Clippers, 97-79, at American Airlines Arena. Chris Bosh finished with 16 points and seven boards while LeBron James supplied 12 points, six boards and four assists for the Heat, who have won six straight and seven of eight. Eddie House contributed 15 points in a reserve role.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Randy Foye scored 15 and Baron Davis contributed 14 points and six assists for Los Angeles, which has dropped three straight and five of its last seven. Holding a 70-61 lead at the end of three, Miami opened the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run, started with a House jumper and long three-pointer, to widen its lead to 79-61.

Another House triple with 5 1/2 minutes remaining put the game at 86-67, and after Bosh connected on a driving layup, House added another basket from beyond the arc to push the Heat's lead to a game-high 24, 91-67. The Miami lead never fell below 18 down the stretch. Leading 47-36 at the half, the Heat's lead remained around 10 until a Wade jumper at 6:38 started a quick 5-0 Miami run, capped by another Wade basket just over the six minute mark.

The Clippers held tight responding with each Miami basket, and Eric Bledsoe made two from the line with 15.5 seconds remaining, cutting the Miami advantage to 70-61 entering the final stanza. Despite a slow start, both teams picked up the pace midway though the first quarter. Wade finished with seven points and Griffin had six, as the Heat held a 20-19 lead after 12 minutes.

The Clippers had another subpar shooting effort in the second quarter, 6-of-19 from the field and 1-of-8 from beyond the arc, and the Heat widened their lead to 47-36 at the half behind nine more points from Wade. The Heat scored 20 points of 20 Clippers turnovers...The Heat avenged a 111-105 loss to the Clippers on January 12...Wade was 9-of-10 from the line...Ryan Gomes added 12 points for Los Angeles.

For more information on today's game, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Clippers Vs. Miami Heat: Thoughts On LeBron James And Blake Griffin

This morning's contest between the Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat features two of the most exciting players in the NBA. Blake Griffin has made a name for himself in his rookie season with his tenacious style and high-flying action, and whether hero or villain LeBron James is still must-watch television. Both players will figure prominently in two weeks at Staples Center when NBA All-Star Weekend comes to Los Angeles. Griffin, in addition to the game itself, for which he is a Western Conference reserve, will take part in three days worth of action, competing in the Rookie Challenge on Friday and the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday.

Griffin had the NBA scoring high of 47 points...until LeBron topped that with 51 points against Orlando on Thursday. Both players will be the focal point of their teams today, so let's see what each side is saying about the other. John Krolik of ESPN's Heat Index had nothing but praise for Griffin:

The only thing more exciting than Griffin's performance were the glimpses Blake showed of how much better he can become. Only one of Griffin's nine field goals came from outside of the paint, and there were a few moments when Griffin blew a finish at the basket after freeing himself up with a beautiful up-and-under or spin move. Griffin's energy, athleticism, and intelligence have made him into one of the league's best power forwards as a rookie.

Meanwhile, Steve Perrin of Clips Nation marveled at LeBron's impact in two cities:

I guess he's pretty good. The Cleveland Cavaliers went to the NBA Finals in 2007. They made it at least as far as the Conference semifinals the last five seasons. They won 61 games last season, best in the NBA. All of those things happened with a certain player on the team. This season, without that player, the Cavs just set a new NBA single season record with their 24th straight loss. So I guess Anderson Varejao is really good.

For more information on today's game, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Clippers Vs. Heat: Game Preview

Blake Griffin, Baron Davis, and the Los Angeles Clippers have a daunting task ahead of them today, trying to complete a season sweep of the Miami Heat with a win in south Florida over LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and friends. The Clippers, who beat Miami on January 12 in Los Angeles with an inspired effort, will try to become just the third team this season to beat the 36-14 Heat twice, joining Boston and Dallas.

The Clippers will try to improve on their 3-16 road record in today's second contest of their eight-game road trip before the All-Star break. The Heat are 18-5 at home, so today is a tall order for the Clips. Here are today's probable starting lineups:

Clippers (19-30)

Eric Gordon is still listed as day-to-day with a small bone fracture in his right wrist, as are the usual injury report suspects Chris Kaman (aggravated bone bruise in left ankle) and Craig Smith (herniated disc).

Heat (36-14)

The only player on Miami's injury report is Udonis Haslem, who has been out since late November after undergoing surgery to repair a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot.

For more information on today's game, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Clippers Try To Complete Season Sweep Of Heat Sunday Morning In Miami

The Los Angeles Clippers have a tough task on their hands as they try to complete a season sweep of the Miami Heat Sunday morning at American Airlines Arena in south Florida. The Clippers defeated the Heat 111-105 at Staples Center on January 12, behind 24 points and 14 rebounds from Blake Griffin. The only two teams to beat LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and the Heat twice this season are Boston and Dallas.

Eric Gordon led the Clippers with 26 points in that victory last month over the Heat, but he is still out with a small bone chip fracture in his right wrist. Gordon has missed six straight games and the Clippers are 2-4 in those contests, including Friday night's last-second loss in Atlanta to the Hawks. Gordon is with the team on the road trip, and is currently listed as day-to-day.

The Clippers have lost five straight road games, with their last road win coming December 27 in Sacramento. They are 3-16 on the road this season, compared to 16-14 at Staples Center. However, the Clippers are 2-3 on the road against the Eastern Conference, compared to 1-13 away from home against the west.

LeBron James won the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month in January, averaging 30.6 points per game, and topped that with an NBA season-high 51 points Thursday against Orlando. Miami has won five straight games, and is 18-5 at home this season. Eddie House has scored in double figures in eight of his last 10 games, averaging 11.1 points during that span, all off the bench.

For more information on today's game, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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