A “curiosity-driven” type of a game is what we’d call last night’s Heat game against the Clippers. It was the Heat’s first face-off against Chris Paul and his squad, and NBA fans were curious to see how each team would do against each other’s summertime refinement.
With a crowd of over 19,500, the Heat came to show and prove. The game itself was very much tit-for-tat, but at the turn of the half the Heat forced the Clippers to play slow, and that’s when efforts started to fail for the Clippers. The fourth quarter came with the Heat’s lead widening and the inevitable loss to the Clippers was served at a final score of 102-97.
“I think we just lost the pace of the game. I thought in the first half that we dictated the pace. You can see that in the third quarter, they slowed the game down but then we slowed the game down with them.” — Clippers coach Doc Rivers
LeBron James had a decent night and despite having back pains, he still pulled in 18 points. And the role players did the usual, including Ray Allen who has been getting better with age it seems (see this reverse layup). But Dwyane Wade was the standout performer of the night with 29 points off 13-for-22 shooting, making this four games in a row that that he ends up with 20+ points.
MIA Notables: Dwyane Wade with those 29 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds.
LAC Notables: Griffin led the Clippers with 27 points and 14 rebounds.
Next Game: Saturday Night against the Boston Celtics. Tip off at 7:30pm from the American Airlines Arena.