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Clippers run away from Heat in second half
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul had double-doubles, with Paul keying a third-quarter spurt that helped carry the Los Angeles Clippers to a...
LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin and Chris Paul had double-doubles, with Paul keying a third-quarter spurt that helped carry the Los Angeles Clippers to a 107-100 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
Griffin had 20 points and 14 rebounds and Paul had 16 points and 10 assists to lead five players in double figures in the Clippers' fourth straight win. Jamal Crawford from Rainier Beach High School scored 22 points off the bench.
LeBron James scored 30 points for the defending NBA champions, who lost their fifth in a row against the Clippers in Los Angeles. Ray Allen added 14 points, including four three-pointers, as the Heat dropped to 2-2 on its six-game trip.
Dwyane Wade was held to six points — well below his 18.4 average — playing with a sprained left foot that kept him out of the morning shoot-around.
The Clippers were clinging to a 72-70 lead in the third quarter when Paul switched from distributor to scorer, running off 13 straight points and extending their lead to 85-74 going into the fourth. The Clippers hit five three-pointers in building the game's first double-digit lead after neither team led by more than six points in the first half.
The Heat cut the deficit to 104-93 with 3:47 left but failed to make a serious run.
Magic: D'Antoni wrong hire
After tweeting he would remain silent if he didn't "have anything nice to say," Magic Johnson said what was on his mind anyway.
Johnson doesn't think Mike D'Antoni is the right coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and can't understand how the franchise passed on bringing back Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson.
And Johnson doesn't believe in Lakers executive vice president Jim Buss.
"I love Dr. (Jerry) Buss. I don't believe in Jim Buss," Johnson said on ESPN's "NBA Countdown." "He's made two critical mistakes already. To me, they made two critical mistakes.
"First, hiring Mike Brown — he wasn't the right coach. He's a great coach but not the right coach for the Lakers. And I don't feel Mike D'Antoni is the right coach for the Lakers. Especially when you have Phil Jackson sitting out there, who wanted to be the Laker coach."
Asked by ESPNLosAngeles.com if he'd heard about Johnson's on-air comments, Jim Buss said, "But I believe in Magic as I always have."
• Rudy Gay scored a season-high 28 points, Zach Randolph added 20 points and 11 rebounds before getting ejected along with Kendrick Perkins during a late-game altercation and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the host Oklahoma City Thunder 107-97.
• Brandon Roy missed his third straight game for the Minnesota Timberwolves with a sore right knee, and there is no clear answer to when the former Huskies star will return to the court. For a player who is trying to come back from chronic knee issues that forced him to retire before last season, the situation is very much a concern for him and an injury-ravaged Wolves team that could desperately use his scoring in the lineup.
• The NBA Players Association is continuing its appeal on behalf of Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins even after he has served his suspension. The league suspended Cousins two games for confronting San Antonio announcer Sean Elliott in a "hostile manner." Cousins is hoping to recoup $70,500 in lost salary.
• Houston rookie Royce White remains absent in a dispute over how the Rockets are helping him confront his anxiety disorder.