Brand powers Clippers past Heat
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand had 37 points and 12 rebounds
to lead the Los Angeles Clippers over the Miami Heat, 99-89, at Staples
Sam Cassell added 18 points and dished out 13 assists and Corey Maggette
chipped in with 13 points and six rebounds for the Clippers, who have won
their last two games and lead the Pacific Division.
Dwyane Wade scored 29 points and pulled down six rebounds and Alonzo Mourning
put up 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Heat, who have lost their
last two contests.
Los Angeles played the game in the jerseys of the Buffalo Braves, where the
franchise was located from 1970 to 1978 until the team moved to San Diego
The Clippers had a 78-75 lead going into the third quarter, but they started
the last 12 minutes with a 12-2 run and took a 90-77 lead after Brand hit
a jump shot with 7:48 to play. The Heat scored the next five points to pull
within eight points with 5:30 left.
That was as close as they would get, as on the next play Cuttino Mobley hit a
three-pointer and the Heat never got the lead under 10 points for the rest of
The Heat started out the game with a 10-3 run capped off by a Mourning
hook shot with less than eight minutes to play in the opening 12 minutes. They
led by as many as 10 points in the quarter and had a 28-21 lead to start the
However, the Clippers started the second on a 13-2 run to take a 34-30 lead
after Maggette hit three straight free throws with 8:51 to play. Miami came
back with a 9-2 run of its own and take a 39-36 lead after Jason Williams hit
a three-pointer with under six minutes to play.
Los Angeles scored the next seven points to regain the advantage, and although
Miami had a 46-45 lead after Williams drained a trey with 2:06 remaining, the
Clippers took a 52-49 lead into the locker room.
Both teams scored 26 points in the third quarter.
The Clippers honored Bob McAdoo, who played for the team from 1972-77 while
the franchise was in Buffalo, at halftime with a jersey from his days as a
Brave…The Clippers will host the New York Knicks on Wednesday…Miami will
conclude its five-game road trip at San Antonio on Wednesday…The Clippers
outrebounded the Heat, 45-37…Miami’s Antoine Walker didn’t score as he was
0-for-10 from the field.