Saturday, February 9, 2013

Miami Heat achieve a 111-89 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers

AP — A few moments after getting struck in the face, LeBron James was shaken up to the point he didn't bother contesting a jump ball.
It was about the only play he took off all night.
James scored 30 points in another efficient performance, Dwyane Wade scored 20 and the defending champion Miami Heat posted a 111-89 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.
James shot 9 for 11, giving him 37 makes on his last 47 attempts, and sat out the fourth quarter. It was his fourth straight 30-point game, tying him with Wade as the only Heat players with such a streak in the franchise's 25-year history.
“He's off the planet right now,” Wade said of James. “He's not even the best basketball player on the planet. He's surpassed the planet. He's somewhere else. He's playing phenomenal.”
It was the first time in James' career he scored at least 30 points on 11 or fewer field-goal attempts. According to STATS LLC, it was the 13th such game in the league since the start of the 2002-03 season.
When it comes to this type of roll, James isn't interested in figuring out how it is happening.
“Nope,” James said. “It's nothing to figure out for me. I go out, see what the pace of the game is bringing and you go out and figure it out on the fly.”
The Clippers got Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin back from injuries, but that trio of starters combined for a mere 23 points. DeAndre Jordan led Los Angeles with 17 points.
Spurs' win streak
ends at 11 games
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Greg Monroe had 26 points and 16 rebounds as Detroit snapped San Antonio's 11-game winning streak with a 119-109 victory over the short-handed Spurs.
San Antonio played without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and the Pistons led by as many as 21 points in the second quarter.
“They beat us to the boards, they beat us to loose balls and they just outplayed us,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.


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