Game #6 | November 7, 2013
American Airlines Arena | Miami, FL

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MIAMI – The Miami Heat have two things the Clippers want: a championship banner and somewhat unflappable team continuity.

The Clippers were already keenly aware that championships aren’t settled in November, but Thursday’s 102-97 loss at American Airlines Arena, may also have furthered their understanding that continuity may take a while to build as well.

“They’ve been together for four years now,” Blake Griffin said of the Heat (4-2). “So, they’re going to come out they’re going to execute and play tough defense. It’s about coming out running our game plan and when they make a run and us withstanding that and sticking to our principles and not scattering.”

Too often on Thursday the Clippers (3-3), on the second night of a Florida back-to-back, were a step slow defensively or allowed the two-time defending champions to dictate the pace of the game, particularly after halftime. The Clippers scored 56 first-half points and opened a lead as large as eight points. They made enough defensive stops to get out in transition to the tune of a 17-2 fast-break advantage through the first 24 minutes. But that changed.

“You could see in the third quarter they slowed the game down and then we slowed it down with them,” said Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, whose team had just two fast-break points in the second half. “I thought that hurt us. I thought we had a six-minute stretch to start the third quarter where we could have stretched the game. Instead, we started walking it up and slowing everything down. They’re too good with a set defense and we allowed them to set their defense. And that’s when all the turnovers were created.”

Despite committing 19 turnovers, leading to 24 Miami points, the Clippers still had chances late in the game. With the Heat up by 11, Jamal Crawford, who had 14 points off the bench made a 3-pointer and Griffin helped close the gap with eight points in the final three minutes.

He finished with a team-high 27 points with 14 rebounds and had one of his most complete games of the season, hitting jumpers, playing in the post and defending LeBron James on several possessions.

“Blake [Griffin] was terrific,” Rivers said. “I thought that he did everything. He rebounded and defended LeBron the best of all of our guys.

“I thought that this was a great post game [for Griffin], and we didn’t go to it enough. The thing about Blake is that when he has the ball, he’s going to make the right decision.”

And he did throughout the night. But according to Chris Paul, who had 11 points with 12 assists but shot just 3-for-11, Griffin didn’t have the ball in his hands enough.

“That’s another thing that is on me,” Paul sad. “We have to go to Blake more. Like I said, I’ll do better. Tonight it was me. I have to give Blake more touches and get the ball out of my hands.”

That kind of recognition is what will come as the group grows together.

But on Thursday the Heat made baskets when they had to and the Clippers did not. They had a pair of untimely misses by Crawford and J.J. Redick that could have made it a one possession game late and Dwyane Wade, who scored a game-high 29 points, found a cutting Ray Allen for a layup after Crawford’s miss with 1:08 to go to push Miami back in front by eight.

“I think we ball watch a lot and guys are cutting on us,” Rivers said of the team allowing a number of plays at the rim in back-to-back games. “Tonight was tough because we were so small. They make you pay for every mistake. I told our guys that the one thing that we’re not going to do better than them is execute. They’ve been together too long and they’ve been through too much stuff.”

And while the Clippers perhaps out-executed the Heat for part of the game they were unable to sustain it. They were playing without Matt Barnes, who missed his second-straight game with a right thigh contusion, which forced the Clippers to use Willie Green against LeBron James. And they still seem to be searching for defensive chemistry that they insist will come.

“There’s a learning curve,” Griffin said. “The thing about it we’ll play against teams that have been together for a long time, you know. The Heat, the Spurs, Oklahoma City, Golden State, they all have advantage on us. They’ve had a year or two or more of playing their system and learning their system. We’re always going to be a step behind that. But we can make up for that, especially on the defensive end with intensity and doing the little things.”


The Heat has won five games in a row against the Clippers in Miami… It was the fifth time in six games the Clippers have given up 100 points or more… Green scored his first points of the season in the first quarter on a running bank shot at the buzzer. He had five points in the game… Redick finished with 15 points, including 10 in the first quarter. He leads the NBA in first-quarter scoring average… DeAndre Jordan has 33 rebounds in the last two games…




Clippers forward Blake Griffin on how the balance between Chris Paul and himself on offense in the fourth quarter:

“It’s one of those things where you don’t want to take away what he does because he’s great at what he does, but I need to be there for him to help him. And be able to give him an outlet, somebody to lean on a little bit. So, it’s about finding that fine line of give-and-take and really making it work.” 




Clippers guard Darren Collison on his comfort level coming off the bench for the Clippers:

“Tonight was the first night where I didn’t really think. I think most nights early on this season I’m just trying to fit it. But my teammates have been in my ear just telling me to play my game. And if I continue to play my game, I continue to get more minutes with the guys and continue to try and help this team win.”



Clippers head coach Doc Rivers on the Clippers’ 19 turnovers:

“We threw bad passes. I just thought we lost the pace of the game. I thought in the first half we dictated the pace the whole half. I think everybody says you don’t run against Miami. I think it’s the exact opposite. You do.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade on Chris Paul:
“He’s a great competitor. You love playing against that guy. He’s tough.”


Clippers guard Chris Paul on his overall impression of the game:

“It’s a tough loss. We played well. We didn’t get stops and fouled at inopportune times. And I’ve got to do better against those traps, give the ball up and let other guys make plays.”





• NATIONAL PROFILE: Their Nov. 7 meeting with the Miami Heat is the 41st time the Clippers have been broadcast on national television since the arrival of Chris Paul prior to the 2011-12 season. In the previous 40 games, they have compiled a record of 25-15 (.625) in games broadcast on TNT, ABC or ESPN.


• BLAKE & KAREEM STAND ALONE: Through three NBA seasons superstar Blake Griffin has averaged 20.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists while shooting 52.9% from the field. He is the SECOND player in NBA history to average 20.0+ points,

10.0+ rebounds and 3.0+ assists while also shooting 50.0% or greater in their first three seasons combined. Hall of Famer and all-time points leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the only other player to do so.


• NOT SO WELCOME TO MIAMI: The Clippers defeated the Miami Heat 111-91 in the inaugural game in Heat franchise

history, Nov. 5, 1988 (25 years ago from this past Tuesday).


• BOARDIN’ WITH JORDAN: DeAndre Jordan is cleaning up on the glass like never before. He has 64 rebounds (25 of- fensive) in five games, including a season-high 19 agaisnt the Magic on Nov. 6. In his previous five seasons, Jordan never accumulated more than 37 rebounds in his first five outings (he reached 37 twice: 2011-12 and 2012-13). Furthermore, Jor- dan’s only the 10th player since 2008-09 to grab 25 or more offensive rebounds in his team’s first five games of the season. PLAYERS WITH 25+ OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS THROUGH 5 GAMES (Since 2008-09)







Enes Kanter, Jazz



Kevin Love, Timberwolves



DeAndre Jordan, Clippers



Reggie Evans, Raptors



Zach Randolph, Grizzlies



Blake Griffin, Clippers



Kenneth Faried, Nuggets



Dwight Howard, Magic



Omer Asik, Rockets



Andris Biedrins, Warriors




• I SEE YOUR 10 AND RAISE YOU 20: Blake Griffin has strung together three impressive performances in the last week, including scoring 23 points with 13 rebounds against the Magic on Nov. 6. It was the third time in the last four games Griffin has had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Since his rookie season (2010-11), he is tied for second in the NBA in 20-10 games with 93.

MOST 20+ POINT, 10+ REBOUND GAMES IN NBA (Since 2010-11)

Dwight Howard, Rockets


Blake Griffin, Clippers


Kevin Love, Timberwolves


David Lee, Warriors


LaMarcus Aldridge, Trail Blazers


LeBron James, Heat



• LOTS OF STREAKS: When the Clippers lost to the Magic, 98-90, on Nov. 6, it snapped a three-game winning streak. Since 2011-12 (153 games), the Clippers have put together 13 winning streaks of three games or longer, including last season’s franchise-best 17-straight wins. From 2001-02 to 2010-11 (820 games), the team only had 37 streaks of at least three wins.


• 23-10 CLUB: Chris Paul had his streak of at least 23 points and 10 assists snapped at three games in the Clippers’ loss to the Magic on Nov. 6. He was just the sixth player in the NBA since 2008-09 to do so at least three times consecutively. MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 23+ POINTS, 10+ ASSISTS (Since 2008-09)


# Games


Russell Westbrook


Jan. 12-19, 2011

Steve Nash


Mar. 4-10, 2009

Chris Paul


Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2013

Dwyane Wade


Mar. 2-6, 2010

LeBron James


Feb. 9-18, 2010

Tony Parker


Feb. 15-20, 2012


• USUALLY BETTER THAN THAT: In their 98-90 loss to the Magic on Nov. 6, the Clippers committed just 13 turnovers. Since 2011-12, the Clippers have had 13 or fewer turnovers 86 times, owning a 61-25 record (.709). Note: The league aver- age  is just 71 such games in that span with the average winning percentage when a team commits 13 turnovers or fewer at .557 (1,182-938).


• CP3 DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE: Clippers point guard Chris Paul has put together at least 10  points and 10 assists in six-consecutive games dating back to Apr. 17, 2013. It is only the eighth time in his illustrious nine-year career that Paul has done so in at least six games in a row. His personal career high is 12-straight games from Apr. 9, 2008 to Nov. 11, 2008.


• BOMBARDIERS: The Clippers are nearly unbeatable when they connect on a high volume of 3-point shots. Since the

2012-13 season, they own a record of 11-1 when making at least 12 3-pointers. They have did so in two consecutive games this season, including making a season-high 15 3-pointers against the Rockets on Nov. 4. Coincidentally, the only loss for the Clippers in that span came when they hit a franchise-record 18 3-pointers against New Orleans in Nov. 2012.


• REDICK ROLLING EARLY: In five games, Clippers guard J.J. Redick has topped eight points or more in the first quarter three times, including 15 points in the opening 12 minutes against the Rockets on Nov. 4. Overall, Redick has scored 53.4% of his points in the opening period (46 of 86 total points on the year).


• PASS MASTER CLASSIC: Chris Paul has accumulated 10 or more assists in each of the Clippers’ first five games of the season and did so in the final two games of the 2012-13 regular season. His seven-straight games with 10+ assists matches Gary Grant (Nov. 2-14, 1990) for the most consecutive games by a Clipper. No Clippers player has tallied 10+ assists in eight-straight games since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1984-85.. Additionally, Paul has accumulated 63 assists in five games. It is just the 14th such instance of a player reaching 63 assists or more in five games in the NBA since 1985-86. John Stockton four times, Magic Johnson did so three times, Rajon Rondo and Mark Jackson twice, and before Paul, Kevin Johnson and Terry Porter each accomplished the feat once. Stockton had 99 assists in the first six games of 1989-90 the most since 1985-86.


• BORN TO ASSIST: Chris Paul is six assists away from surpassing Mike Bibby for No. 40 among the all-time leaders in career assists. Paul has 5,512 assists. He is also approaching some high profile names on the list. He is less than 200 as- sists away from No. 35 Larry Bird with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (36th), Michael Jordan (37th), Allen Iverson (38th) and former Clippers teammate Chauncey Billups (39th).


• THEY’RE STILL STREAKING AT HOME: The 137-118 win over the Houston Rockets on Nov. 4 at Staples Center was the sixth victory in a row for the Clippers at home dating back to Apr. 3, 2013. Last season the team set the franchise record by winning 13 games in a row on their home floor.


• HELPING HANDS: Led by Chris Paul’s 63 assists, the Clippers are averaging nearly seven assists for every 10 made field goals, which ranks third in the NBA. The Clipppers have assisted on 133 out of their 203 made field goals in five games. PERCENTAGE OF ASSISTS PER MADE FIELD (Through Nov. 6)

Miami Heat

.757 (143/189)

Atlanta Hawks

.678 (103/152)

Golden State Warriors

.668 (139/208)

Los Angeles Clippers

.655 (133/203)

Washington Wizards

.653 (100/153)

Brooklyn Nets

.650 (91/140)


• RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE STARTS AT CENTER: DeAndre Jordan started 163 consecutive games (since April 8,

2011) at the center position for the Clippers. It is the franchise record for starts at the position and longest active streak in

the NBA. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Michael Olowokandi previously held the mark of 123-straight starts (March

2000-December 2001)... Elias says Jordan also has the fifth longest active streak of consecutive games played in the regu- lar season.


Omer Asik, Rockets


Andre Miller, Nuggets


Tyler Hansbrough, Raptors


O.J. Mayo, Bucks


DeAndre Jordan, Clippers



By: Eric Patten | Follow @EricPatten

MIAMI – If nothing else, in eight days of the regular season, the Clippers have already once proven they’re capable of bouncing back.

Two nights after losing on opening night, they walloped a fellow Western Conference contender in Golden State and went on to win three games in a row. They will be charged with doing something potentially more challenging Thursday night, again, coming off a loss.

The Clippers (3-2), playing the middle of a three-game, four-night road trip, faceoff against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat (3-2) Thursday at American Airlines Arena. And similar to when they played the Warriors a week ago, it is a TNT nationally televised affair. It is also the chance to erase an eight-point loss in Orlando that Doc Rivers and several Clippers players suggested was plagued by a lack of effort in the first half.

“I think we have the talent,” Blake Griffin said. “When we show up and we play on both ends and get it going we are pretty good. But when we don’t do that on one of those ends, we can’t rely on our offense we have to rely on our defense. It is something you can control every night just with effort. You can always play hard and make up for mistakes on defense.”

Jamal Crawford, who is fourth on the team in scoring (17.0 points per game), said the inconsistent effort is disappointing.


“[It is] especially disappointing since it is the first game of a trip,” he said. “I know it is a long flight and all that stuff but we don’t make excuses especially knowing where we want to go. Shots will come and go but defense should always be there and energy should always be there.”


Blake Griffin vs. LeBron James


They are arguably the two most athletic players in the NBA. When the annual survey of General Managers was released during the preseason, 17 of 30 voted James as most athletic, another two voted for Griffin. But aside from being two of the world’s top endorsers and possessing uncanny athleticism, Griffin and James remain among the league’s most versatile as well.

Clearly, James is in a class by himself, averaging 27.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 770 career games and owning four of the last five MVPs and two-straight titles. But there were times last season, when Griffin put up James-like numbers. During one stretch in January, for example, Griffin accumulated better all-around statistics over a two-week stretch than any player other than James in the last dozen years.

While they likely won’t be matched up one-on-one much of the night, the moments when James shifts to power forward with Chris Bosh at center will be captivating. Last season, it did not happen, if at all. In their first meeting Griffin was guarded by Battier in nine of the first 15 possessions he touched the ball. Rashard Lewis and Bosh picked him up two times and the four other possessions came in transition.

That said, of the 52 minutes Griffin played in the season series, James was on the floor for 51 of them. Griffin also had offensive success against the Heat. He took 12 shots outside of the restricted area, making seven.

Last season, James switched off of Caron Butler to guard Chris Paul on occasion. However, this time, with Jordan averaging 36 minutes per night, James, one of the all-time most versatile defenders, will more likely be forced to cover Griffin.  


1. Transition game. With all of the talk about the Clippers wanting to run and push the tempo, Miami is actually the league’s best team so far at converting in transition. They just don’t push it as often. According to Synergy Sports, the Heat score on 63.6 percent of their transition opportunities. They have 78 points in 55 possessions on the break. The Clippers are also among the best through five games. They are one of seven teams with 100-plus points in transition and convert 57.3 percent of their opportunities (No. 5 in the league). To say Thursday’s game has “track meet” potential is an understatement. However, in order to push the tempo the Clippers have to get stops.

“We can’t run if we’re taking it out of the net every single time,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said.

Paul agreed that it starts with defense, even though they are scoring a league-best 113.2 points per game. “We can’t rely on one hundred something points every night,” Paul said. “Our defense has to kick in at some point or either we are going to lose or we or going to be in dog fights every night.”

2. Revenge, retaliation and get back. Last season’s trip to Miami was full of pomp and circumstance. It was the return of two long injured starters (Paul and Chauncey Billups) and two others returning from minor injuries (Griffin and Crawford). Like Thursday, it was a nationally televised game. The Clippers were washed away, trailing by as many as 32 points. The Heat were hitting full-stride in what would eventually be the second-longest winning streak in NBA history and the Clippers bounced back two days later in New York, healthier and a steadier hand on the wheel.

There are seven players on this year’s Clipper team that went through the 111-89 loss in South Beach last season. And while every team is different and every season takes on a life of its own, there will still likely be some residual animosity towards the way their last meeting went. Besides, it’s the Heat and James and Wade and three banners in the past eight seasons. It’s the team Rivers lost to twice as James and Co. made way to the Finals. All of those factors are plenty to suspect Miami will certainly have the Clippers’ full attention.


Matt Barnes, who sat out with a right thigh contusion on Wednesday, is listed as questionable… The Heat have won the last four games against the Clippers in Miami, but L.A. is 4-3 during the James era… Paul is six assists away from passing Mike Bibby for No. 40 all-time… The Clipper beat the Heat in their first game in franchise history 25 years ago (Nov. 5, 1988)… The Clippers won both ends of their only back-to-back this season… James has scored in double-figures in 500 consecutive games, becoming one of just five players in league history to reach that plateau… The Heat are 33-4 (.892) in the regular season since the 2013 All-Star Break…



Chris Paul: “Luckily we have like 77 [games] left. We are not going to win games unless our defense gets better. We can’t rely on one hundred something points every night. Our defense has to kick in at some point or either we are going to lose or we or going to be in dog fights every night.”


 Miami Heat

COMING: Michael Beasley (Suns); Roger Mason Jr. (Wizards); Greg Oden (Free Agent)

GOING: Mike Miller (Grizzlies); Juwan Howard (Retired); Jarvis Varnado (Free Agent)






Clippers Leaders:
Pts: Griffin 23
Ast: Paul 10
Reb: Jordan 19

Last Time Out






Heat Leaders:

Pts: James 35
Reb: James 8
Ast: James 8