Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/29

Game 1: Saturday, November 29th
Game 2: Monday, February 2nd

Clippers 95

(10-38, 5-18 away)

Heat 119

(26-21, 16-8 home)

Coverage: FSPI

7:30 PM ET, February 2, 2009

AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

1 2 3 4 T
LAC 24 23 26 2295
MIA 30 28 32 29119

Top Performers

Los Angeles: Z. Randolph 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast

Miami: D. Wade 32 Pts, 3 Reb, 9 Ast

Clippers-Heat Preview


After dropping consecutive games this weekend, the Miami Heat will try to break a losing streak against one of the NBA's worst teams.

Miami looks to avenge an earlier loss this season to the lowly Clippers when the teams meet Monday night at American Airlines Arena.

The Heat (25-21) have lost two straight and 10 of the last 15 meetings against the Clippers (10-37), including a 97-96 defeat Nov. 29 at Staples Center when Dwyane Wade's 27-foot- heave at the buzzer fell short.

Los Angeles, however, has lost five straight overall and is 2-19 in its last 21 games. The Clippers are tied with Washington for the league's worst record.

Miami is coming off two of its worst defensive performances. The Heat allowed Dallas to connect on 60.3 percent from the field in a 111-96 home loss on Saturday and let Indiana hit 15 3-pointers in Friday's 114-103 road defeat.

"They wouldn't miss," Wade said following Saturday's defeat. "Our best game would have had trouble winning tonight."

However, the Heat will face one of the league's worst offenses in the Clippers, who have averaged 92.9 points and shot 42.8 percent this season. Los Angeles also committed a season-high 25 turnovers in a 106-94 loss Saturday at Washington.

"If you look at the stat sheet, it tells the story: 25 turnovers," coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Bad decisions. We were not connected."

Wade, the NBA's leading scorer at 28.5 points per game, has connected against Los Angeles, averaging 27.3 points and shooting 52.5 percent in seven meetings. He had 26 points and 11 assists in Miami's loss at Los Angeles in November.

Al Thornton and Zack Randolph each scored 27 points against the Heat, but Randolph won't be on the floor Monday because of a bruised left knee, one of the many injuries Los Angeles has endured.

Randolph has missed 19 straight games, and the Clippers have also played most of this season without center Chris Kaman (strained left arch). Only Thornton and rookie guard Eric Gordon have appeared in every game.

Baron Davis' return to form has also come along slowly as he has averaged 9.7 points on 30.3 percent shooting in the three games following a 13-game absence due to a bruised tailbone and chest congestion. Davis reached double figures for the first time in 2009 with 17 points Saturday.

While injuries have hampered most of the Clippers' lineup, Heat forward Shawn Marion could return soon from a strained groin that has kept him out five of the last six games. A decision on Marion's status is expected to be made around game time.

Monday's contests will feature a pair of first-round draft picks whose seasons have gone in different directions.

Michael Beasley, Miami's No. 2 pick who has scored 13.3 points per game, averaged 14.7 points in starting the first 15 games, but has scored 12.6 in the past 30 as a reserve -- including a 24-point performance against the Clippers.

Gordon, Los Angeles' No. 7 selection who has tallied 14.3 points per game, averaged 4.5 points while coming off the bench in the first 13 games, but has since made 34 straight starts, scoring 18.0 per contest.

Over the past six games, Gordon has averaged 24.0 points and hit 51.4 percent from 3-point range (18-of-35).