Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 1/11

Game 1: Wednesday, January 11th
Heat89Final
OT
Clippers95

Heat 89

(8-3, 5-2 away)

Clippers 95

(5-3, 4-1 home)

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

10:43 PM ET, January 11, 2012

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 OT T
MIA 24 24 21 17 389
LAC 21 22 27 16 995

Top Performers

Miami: L. James 23 Pts, 13 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

Los Angeles: C. Paul 27 Pts, 6 Reb, 11 Ast, 3 Stl

Clippers deal Heat second overtime loss in two nights

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers delivered their biggest win of the young season for their long-suffering fans, and promptly wanted to forget about it.

Chris Paul had 27 points and 11 assists as Clippers rallied to beat Miami 95-89 in overtime Wednesday night, dealing the Heat a second straight extra-time loss.

"It's just another win, we can't hang our hat on that," said Blake Griffin, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds. "It's about winning these games and winning the so-called smaller games because that's what puts your franchise in a winning position."

Caron Butler added 20 points, and Chauncey Billups had 12 for the Clippers, 9-2 against Miami at home since 2001-02. DeAndre Jordan had 11 rebounds.

Both teams were coming off road losses the previous night, when the Heat lost at Golden State in OT.

"The level was definitely raised a little bit," Griffin said. "We were tired, but the intensity was as high as it should be. It's good to get a win and get it by grinding it out."

LeBron James had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the 200th double-double of his career, Mario Chalmers added 18 points, Dwyane Wade 17 and Chris Bosh had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, who have lost their last four games against the Clippers at Staples Center.

"We defended and gave ourselves a chance to win, and that's all you can ask for," James said. "So we can be satisfied. I mean, you don't like to lose, but we're not going to hang our heads about this one."

The Clippers outscored the Heat 9-3 in the extra session, when James, Bosh and Wade missed on a combined seven shots and the team was 1 for 10. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra got ejected after a technical foul with 5 seconds left.

Miami's Big Three struggled in the fourth quarter, too, combining to go 3 for 8 as the team went 4 of 12.

"A lot of times we were able to get LeBron to the rim and that's what we wanted," Wade said. "It's not always going to go in, but we can leave here with our heads up high, knowing that we stuck to our game plan. We just didn't get the win."

The Clippers' shooting nearly let them down in the final 4 minutes of regulation, when they missed shot after shot but got bailed out by Miami's own problems.

The Clippers led by two with 27 seconds left in regulation before James tied it at 86 on a free throw. The Clippers called their final timeout and Paul dribbled around with James hounding him before putting up a shot that missed as time expired, forcing the Heat to the third overtime of their trip.

James missed three consecutive baskets in overtime and he was 6 of 10 from the line in the final 5:49 of regulation. Chalmers hit a 3-pointer for Miami's only points in the extra session.

Jordan scored four points and Butler had three in OT.

With the Clippers trailing 84-83, Billups got fouled by James on a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left in regulation and made all three free throws. The Clippers finished 17 of 23 from the line, while the Heat were 20 of 34.

"We missed 14 free throws and eight of them came from me," James said. "I've been shooting the ball particularly well from the free throw line, but tonight I didn't make enough. So I put our free throw shooting on me. It's kind of a rhythm when it trickles down to everybody else, so I've got to concentrate a little more and knock them down when I get fouled."

Wade added, "We haven't missed this many free throws on this team, probably ever."

The Heat won two video reviews in the final 16 seconds of regulation, but they failed to make a field goal in the final 7:32.

Neither team led by more than three points in a physical fourth quarter that featured Wade knocking Paul to the court and Norris Cole and Mo Williams colliding.

"There's a lot of guys out there that, if you look at them, they like to lift a lot of weights, so it is going to be physical," James said. "These are two teams that have high hopes, so when that kind of clash happens, it's going to be physical."

The Clippers ended the third quarter with a 12-9 spurt, capped by Paul whipping a pass across the lane to Jordan for a baseline dunk that sent them into the final 12 minutes leading 70-69. Paul and Butler combined for 10 of the Clippers' 12 points in the run.

Game notes


The Clippers went 1-1 in their first back-to-back of the shortened season. ... The Heat are 5-3 in four back-to-back sets. ... Paul evened his career rivalry with good friend James at six wins apiece. "We hate to lose to each other," Paul said. ... The game drew a standing room only crowd of 19,341. The Clippers have sold out all five of their home games and 17 straight dating to last season. ... Celebs attending included Rihanna, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Sinbad, Gabrielle Union, and former Los Angeles Angels teammates Jered Weaver and John Lackey. Union is Wade's girlfriend.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
LAC
Points 89 95
FGM-FGA 32-81 (.395) 36-86 (.419)
3PM-3PA 5-16 (.313) 6-17 (.353)
FTM-FTA 20-34 (.588) 17-23 (.739)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-50 10-45
Assists 18 22
Turnovers 18 16
Steals 9 7
Blocks 6 8
Fast Break Points 26 8
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 22 (1/0)
Largest Lead 11 6

Top Performers

Miami
Los Angeles
LeBron James James
Points: 23
Reb: 13
Ast: 7
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Chris Paul Paul
Points: 27
Reb: 6
Ast: 11
Stl: 3
Blk: 0

Research Notes

NEXT LEVEL: Mario Chalmers missed what would have been a game-tying three-point FG with 15.9 seconds remaining in OT Wednesday, continuing a trend of disappointment for the Heat in crunch time over the last two seasons.
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NEXT LEVEL: Chris Paul has thrived in isolation sets this season and the Clippers relied on their point guard even more on Wednesday. Paul scored a season-high 16 points on 15 isolation plays against the Heat after averaging only 5.0 points and 3.4 iso plays per game coming into the night.
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Chris Paul topped 25 points and 10 assists for the 54th time in his career. That breaks a tie with LeBron James for most games with 25 pts and 10 ast since the 2005-06 season.
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Chris Paul and Blake Griffin combined to score 30 points on 12-for-21 shooting in the 1st half... The rest of the team combined for 13 points on 4-for-22 shooting.

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