Eric Gordon of the Clippers drives past Dwyane Wade for two of his 26 points. Photo by Jason Lewis
Talk about a blast from the past. Baron Davis scored 20 points and had nine assists against the Heat. It’s been a while sense Davis played up to an All Star level. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was probably happy that Davis was on the court against the Heat. Photo by Jason Lewis
By Tamara Latta
Sentinel Sports Writer
The Miami Heat made a pit stop in Los Angeles last night to face the Clippers. During that stop the Clippers held the Staples Center down for their next-door neighbors, who happens to be the Lakers. The Clippers may have some bragging rights over the champs after dropping the Heat 111-105. They were able to man handle the Heat from start to finish.
“I’m sure they were a lot more hyped up for that Christmas Day game against the Lakers and not us,” Blake Griffin said.
It was very intense to watch two of the most explosive players in the NBA: King James against the athletic rookie Griffin. The Clippers teammates showed heart tonight against the super team from South Beach. The first twenty-four minutes of basketball felt like a playoff game.
“It was a great win,” Griffin said. “Everybody played unbelievable. It gives us confidence. For us to get this win is huge.”
The Clippers started the season with only one win in their first 14 games. But after their dysfunctional start they have been playing up to par basketball. They have won eight out of their last 10 games and are now making a run to become a team over .500.
I’ve always preached that the Clippers had the potential to be a good solid team. Last night, they proved that they can be a threat in the Western Conference. This was the first game that the Clippers played 48 minutes of pure basketball. They hustled on every play and contested almost every shot the Miami Heat put up.
The Miami Heat were tied for the best record in the Eastern Conference and have been playing great ball. They have won 21 of their last 22 games and were on a 13 game road-winning streak. I know they were not expecting for the Clippers to make a run like that. I have to say that the Clippers truly out worked Miami, sometimes hard work can most definitely look over talent.
We’re not automatic wins for teams,” Griffin said. “We’re not going to give up. We don’t care how much hype they have.”
Baron Davis flexed his muscles up and down the court. He gave the sell out crowd something to be elated about. A team performance that is pretty much unforgettable. The Clippers were shooting 78 percent in the first half. Davis had 20 points and nine assists, Gordon had 26 points, and Griffin chipped in 24 points finishing with 14 rebounds reaching his 30th double-double. Gomes also had a remarkable night finishing with 14 points, four rebounds and a pair of assists, during his 38 minutes on the floor.
The Clippers are maturing and learning every game that their record is not who they are. They are the leagues second best rebounding team. Also the Clippers are the NBA’s 10th best team in assists per game and the fourth best in rebounds per game.
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