Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/5

Game 1: Tuesday, December 5th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 3rd

Heat 97

(7-10, 4-4 away)

Clippers 101

(9-8, 9-2 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    7:30 PM ET, December 5, 2006

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 25 19 21 3297
    LAC 22 23 27 29101

    Top Performers

    Mia: D. Wade 33 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    LAC: E. Brand 33 Pts, 17 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Brand leads Clippers win with ninth double-double

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Elton Brand had 33 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 101-97 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

    Brand scored six points during a 19-6 run in the first six minutes of the second half as the Clippers pulled out to a 68-54 lead and they stayed in front -- barely -- the rest of the way.

    Brand had to hit another shot, an 11-footer that made it 94-91 with 51 seconds remaining after Dwyane Wade's four consecutive free throws cut the lead to one point. Wade missed a layup with 41 seconds left, and Brand was there to get the rebound.

    Alonzo Mourning fouled him, and Brand made both free throws. The Clippers went on to hit 7-of-8 from the line in the final 41 seconds.

    The double-double was the ninth of the season for Brand, who went 13-of-18 from the floor. Cuttino Mobley added 21 points for Los Angeles, and Shaun Livingston had 11 points and seven assists.

    Wade led the Heat with 33 points, Mourning had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Udonis Haslem had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

    The Heat went just 3-of-25 from 3-point range, while the Clippers also made three, but in just 10 tries.

    Miami was coming off consecutive victories and trying to win three in a row on the road for the first time since Feb. 15-March 19, when they won six straight.

    The Heat are 3-6 at home, 4-4 on the road. Los Angeles has had reverse fortunes, with a 9-2 home record and 0-6 mark on the road.

    The Clippers overcame a five-point deficit in the final 2:37 of the second quarter to take a 45-44 lead into halftime. Brand had 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists in the first half.

    Wade had 15 by halftime, but took just three shots in the second quarter and had three points.

    Miami stayed close despite shooting 38 percent from the floor to the Clippers' 49 percent in the half. The Heat's percentage was low because they made only one of their 14 shots from 3-point range, that by Wade on one of his three shots from behind the arc in the first two quarters.

    Wade scored 10 in the opening period, and Miami led 25-22. Livingston was the leading scorer for Los Angeles, with six points.

    Game notes

    Heat G Gary Payton, who missed Saturday's 98-97 victory at Memphis with an ear infection, scored seven points against Los Angeles but was 0-for-5 in 3-point tries. ... Miami C Shaquille O'Neal, recovering from surgery on his left knee, wasn't at the at the game. O'Neal, who played in Staples Center for the Clippers' co-tenants, the Los Angeles Lakers, is expected to be out until at least Dec. 23. ... The Clippers and Heat split their series last season. ... Miami assistant Bob McAdoo played in 1972-77 for the Buffalo Braves, who moved to California in 1978 and became the San Diego Clippers, then shifted to Los Angeles in 1984.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 101
    FGM-FGA 37-91 (.407) 37-77 (.481)
    3PM-3PA 3-25 (.120) 3-10 (.300)
    FTM-FTA 20-27 (.741) 24-30 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-43 9-47
    Assists 20 22
    Turnovers 9 18
    Steals 7 4
    Blocks 6 11
    Fast Break Points 10 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 22 (4/0)
    Largest Lead 8 16

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Dwyane Wade Wade
    Points: 33
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 33
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1