The over-achieving Miami Heat came to Staples Center for an intense game vs the Clippers. Miami took a double digit lead in the second quarter before LA got hot and it ended up a blowout the other way with the Clippers winning 128-111. The Clippers went 24-54 from 3 point range, which was a record for the team. The Clippers were led by Paul George and Landry Shamet with 23 points each in a balanced attack with 6 other players in double figures. Miami was led by Derrick Jones Jr with 25 points and first time all star Ben Adebayo with 22 points. Jimmy Butler contributed 11 points before departing and not returning in the second half with a shoulder injury.
George also had 10 assists and overall the team played very well together as they climbed closer to the first place Lakers in the Western Conference. Coach Doc Rivers was happy with the team but doesn’t want them to get complacent as they approach the all star break.
Leonard addressed the media saying he is happy with the team and said, “we need to play more consistent and smarter as a unit. Getting Paul back and getting him more used the game and more shots will make us better. It’s got to be the whole unit, not just 2 players. It was a great win tonight as everyone played well on the floor.”
On Thursday’s trade deadline, the Clippers made a huge move aquiring veteran Marcus Morris from New York. He is having a career year averaging almost 20 points per game with 3 point range and he adds toughness and good defense. LA gave up Mo Harkless, Jerome Robinson and a 1st round pick to get him but this could be a very key pickup adding more depth and a very good shooter.
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