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Miami 119, Clippers 95

Clippers get a loss and some sympathy

The Heat, which had similar problems last season, adds to L.A.'s woes by handing Dunleavy's crew another defeat.

February 03, 2009|Associated Press

MIAMI — Erik Spoelstra took no joy from adding to the woes of the Clippers.

The Miami Heat coach remembers what it was like a year ago, when his team was ravaged by injuries and was the worst in the NBA. And now it's the Clippers living that nightmare, which continued Monday night in a 119-95 loss to the Heat.

"They're going through a rough stretch and we know how that goes," Spoelstra said. "We went through that last year. It's tough and it wears on you. But from our standpoint, you still have to take care of business."

Which the Heat did with ease.

Dwyane Wade had 32 points and nine assists, Michael Beasley added 18 points and Miami scored its most points in a home game since March 14, 2006, on the way to ending a two-game skid.

Mario Chalmers scored 15 points, Udonis Haslem added 13 and Shawn Marion -- in his first game back after sitting out five straight because of a strained left groin -- finished with 11 points and seven rebounds for the Heat, which improved to 15-3 when scoring more than 100 points this season.

"My first time in 10 years coming off the bench," Marion said. "It was good."

Zach Randolph, back after missing 19 games with a sore left knee, scored 21 points for the Clippers, who've lost six straight and 20 of 22. Marcus Camby and Eric Gordon each added 12 for the Clippers, who had beaten Miami by a single point in each of their last two meetings.

But Miami controlled this one nearly start to finish, holding the lead for the game's final 33:33.

"We made too many poor plays tonight, turnovers," Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy said.

"We had some guys in the game who hadn't played in a while, like Zach. And we had some matchups and coverages that we made mistakes on and gave them too many open looks."

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