In what continues to be a trend for Miami, the Heat let go a controlling lead in the second half through a series of poor offense highlighted by abysmal free throw shooting, allowing the young and energetic Clippers to steal a win at home in front of one of the loudest Staples Arenas I have heard.
Miami, despite not playing their best basketball, seemed to be in charge of the game with contributions right across the board. James and Wade were not looking overly comfortable against the athletic Clippers but both were finding it easy to get to the line, the challenge was converting from the stripe.
Wade and James combined for 14/25 from the free throw line, and this largely was the reason they lost the game. James and Wade were splitting the shots down the stretch, allowing the Clippers to continually answer and retake the lead, eventually leading to an unlikely victory.
It was the second consecutive loss for Miami, the first time this has happened so far this season, and both losses came in Southern California. Perhaps Miami were unused to the perfect weather and heat.
On the other end, Caron Butler had a classic second half, scoring 18 points including three big 3s. Chris Paul was at his scoring best, teasing the Heat defense to the tune of 27 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and just ONE turnover.
Should anyone want to debate with me that Derrick Rose, or anyone else than Chris Paul be the no.1 point guard in the game, I will fight you to the death over it. No one in the league plays the position with more completeness like Chris Paul.
DeAndre Jordan found his extremely large feet in the second half, planting them then lifting off to record 6 blocks, including two down the stretch and in overtime.
Miami will rue this as a game lost, mostly down to their failures shooting the basketball, but the Clippers will take it and run towards the biggest showdown in the history of LA Basketball. Come Saturday it will be the Lakers vs the Clippers.
Anyone for a dethroning?
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