Heat dump Clippers
Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
The Miami Heat sank their final eight free throws - including three by Shaquille O'Neal - and beat the Los Angeles Clippers 118-114 Monday night.
Miami won with hot shooting from the field early, and from the free-throw line in the final 3 1/2 minutes.
Dwyane Wade, who clinched the win by making two free throws with eight seconds left, had 28 points, 11 assists and four blocks. O'Neal had 25 points and Gary Payton added 19, sinking a season-high five 3-pointers.
Elton Brand had 31 points for the Clippers, who lost despite shooting 54 percent. Cuttino Mobley added 28 points and 11 assists.
The Heat won their third game in four nights, and they've won five of their last six. They snapped a five-game winning streak by the Clippers, who lost even though they tied their season-high point total.
Both teams cooled off after a torrid first half, but the Heat finished at 55 percent and the Clippers at 54.
Miami shot a season-best 67 percent in the first half, while Los Angeles was at 59 percent and trailed 67-62.
The Heat fell behind by six in the third quarter but rallied and took the lead at 85-84.
HAWKS 120, KNICKS 101:
Al Harrington scored 26 points and host Atlanta pulled away in the second half for its biggest win of the season, a rout of turnover-plagued New York.
New York's Antonio Davis was set to return from a five-game suspension, handed down by the NBA after he charged into the stands in defense of his wife at Chicago.
But Davis was a late scratch from the starting lineup because of a sore back.
GRIZZLIES 86, ROCKETS 77:
Chucky Atkins scored 19 points in his first start for host Memphis and the Grizzlies defeated Houston despite the return of Yao Ming to the Rockets' lineup.
Atkins, released from the Washington Wizards, signed with Memphis a week ago. Inserted into the starting lineup after four games coming off the bench, he responded by hitting his first two shots of the game.
TIMBERWOLVES 110, CELTICS 85:
Host Minnesota got the better of its deal with Boston - for one game at least.
All four players acquired from the Celtics on Thursday had strong showings in a victory over their former team.
CAVALIERS 103, BOBCATS 91:
LeBron James scored 30 points in only three quarters to lead visiting Cleveland to a victory over gimpy Charlotte.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats aren't expecting forward Emeka Okafor to return from a sprained ankle for at least another five weeks.
SPURS 79, JAZZ 70:
Tim Duncan scored 19 points and Tony Parker added 17 to help visiting San Antonio open an eight-game road trip with a victory over Utah.
Manu Ginobili scored 10 and Nazr Mohammed ended a late rally by Utah with a block and a three-point play in the final two minutes to help the Spurs pull back ahead of Dallas for the best record in the Western Conference.
HORNETS 94, BUCKS 93:
David West hit a foul line jumper with 0.1 seconds left to lift host New Orleans to a win over Milwaukee.
LEBRON TO SKIP DUNK CONTEST:
LeBron James said he declined the NBA's request that he participate in the NBA's All-Star dunk contest. He will, however, be in the skills challenge.
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