Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/5

Game 1: Monday, December 5th
Game 2: Monday, January 30th

Heat 89

(10-8, 3-6 away)

Clippers 99

(12-5, 7-1 home)

7:30 PM ET, December 5, 2005

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 28 21 26 1489
LAC 21 31 26 2199

Top Performers

Mia: D. Wade 29 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

LAC: E. Brand 37 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 6 Blk

Clippers pull away in matchup of division leaders

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Elton Brand scored a season-high 37 points and added 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 99-89 victory over the Miami Heat in a matchup of division leaders Monday night.

Sam Cassell added 18 points and 13 assists for the Clippers, who have won two straight and remain atop the Pacific Division.

Dwyane Wade scored 29 points for the Heat, the Southeast Division leaders despite losing two in a row. Jason Williams and Alonzo Mourning each added 17 points.

Wade and Mourning, who had 12 rebounds, combined for all of Miami's fourth-quarter points.

With Los Angeles ahead by three going into the fourth, Brand scored eight of the Clippers' first 12 points, extending their lead to 90-77. After Miami ran off five in a row, Cuttino Mobley hit a 3-pointer that restored the lead to double digits.

It stayed that way as Brand punctuated the final minutes with a driving dunk and a jumper as fans chanted "MVP! MVP!"

Corey Maggette, who had 13 points, sprained his left foot at the end of the third quarter and didn't return for Los Angeles.

The Heat became the latest victim of the Clippers' defense, shooting 40 percent for the game. The Clippers' opponents had combined to shoot 41 from the floor in the season's first 16 games.

The teams played an even third period, each scoring 26 points, with the Clippers never ahead by more than seven points. Maggette scored their final six points and Los Angeles took a 78-75 lead into the final 12 minutes.

Miami played without Shaquille O'Neal, not yet recovered from a sprained right ankle that has kept him out of all but two games this season.

The Clippers went retro for the NBA's Hardwood Classics Night, wearing the orange-black-and-white road uniforms of the 1970-71 Buffalo Braves, the team's original incarnation. Later, they moved to San Diego and adopted the Clippers' moniker before ending up in Los Angeles.

The Heat led by 12 points in the opening quarter only to see the Clippers start the second period with a 13-2 run that produced their first lead of the game. The lead changed hands several times before the Clippers closed with a 7-3 run for a 52-49 halftime lead.

Game notes

Miami F Antoine Walker went scoreless for the second time in his career on 0-for-10 shooting. ... The announced crowd of 19,060 was the Clippers' first sellout of the season. ... Heat assistant Bob McAdoo played for the Buffalo Braves and was honored at halftime. ... The Heat are 12-6 all-time against the Clippers in Los Angeles. ... A fan stunned the crowd by making a shot from midcourt with his back to the basket at halftime. Richard Tran, a 22-year-old junior high math teacher from Santa Ana, won a new car.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 89 99
FGM-FGA 33-82 (.402) 38-77 (.494)
3PM-3PA 7-21 (.333) 3-8 (.375)
FTM-FTA 16-25 (.640) 20-27 (.741)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-37 6-45
Assists 20 27
Turnovers 13 13
Steals 8 4
Blocks 7 8
Fast Break Points 8 8
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 21 (2/0)
Largest Lead 12 14

Top Performers

Los Angeles
Dwyane Wade Wade
Points: 29
Reb: 6
Ast: 4
Stl: 4
Blk: 1
Elton Brand Brand
Points: 37
Reb: 12
Ast: 3
Stl: 1
Blk: 6