LeBron James led all scorers with 20 points, and new addition Ray Allen scored 15 off the bench for the defending NBA champs. Dwyane Wade, in his first game action since undergoing offseason surgery on his left knee, scored five points in 23 minutes of action.
Blake Griffin led the way for the Clippers with 19 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes. Guard Jamal Crawford contributed 16 points off the bench, but also had five turnovers. Caron Butler added 13 points and center DeAndre Jordan finished with seven points and eight rebounds, while going an abysmal 1 for 10 from the free throw line.
The two teams will square off again on Sunday in Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Tipoff is schedule for 9:30 p.m. PT and the game will be televised on NBA TV.