NBA: Heat end six-game head-to-head skid vs Clippers | Inquirer Sports

NBA: Heat end six-game head-to-head skid vs Clippers

/ 03:11 PM January 29, 2022
Jimmy Butler #22 talks to Gabe Vincent #2 of the Miami Heat in the second half against the New York Knicks at FTX Arena on January 26, 2022 in Miami, Florida.

Jimmy Butler #22 talks to Gabe Vincent #2 of the Miami Heat in the second half against the New York Knicks at FTX Arena on January 26, 2022 in Miami, Florida.  Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images/AFP

Gabe Vincent shot 6-for-8 on third-quarter 3-point attempts and Jimmy Butler went 16-for-16 on free throws en route to 26 points as the Miami Heat beat the visiting Los Angeles Clippers 121-114 on Friday night.

Vincent, staring in place of point guard Kyle Lowry — who missed his sixth straight game due to personal reasons — scored 23 points. He shot 7-for-12 from long range for the game.


Butler, playing with a sore left foot, added six rebounds and a game-high nine assists for the Heat, who have the best home record in the Eastern Conference (18-5). Miami also has the best overall ledger in the East (32-17).

Heat center Bam Adebayo added 20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

The victory was Miami’s first over the Clippers since Dec. 8, 2018, breaking a six-game losing streak in the series.

Luke Kennard led the Clippers with 23 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter. Eric Bledsoe added 19 points, and Justise Winslow contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Clippers, who came back to win three games in the past 2 1/2 weeks after trailing by at least 24 points, couldn’t perform that feat again. They fell behind by 23 in the third quarter but only got as close as four points with 33.9 seconds left.

The Heat struggled early, missing their first five shots and turning the ball over twice. However, Miami recovered to hold a 28-19 edge at the end of the first quarter, limiting the Clippers to 30.4 percent shooting.

Miami stretched its lead to 57-45 at halftime. For the half, the Clippers shot just 35.7 percent, including 2-for-16 on 3-point attempts. Butler led both teams with 16 first-half points as Miami shot 44.4 percent from the floor.

The Heat stretched their lead to 85-62 in the third quarter before settling for a 96-80 advantage headed to the fourth.

Los Angeles cut its deficit to 117-113 in the final minute, but Butler made four free throws in the last 29 seconds to secure Miami’s win.

For the game, Miami had a 51-37 rebounding edge, and the Heat shot 15-for-34 on 3-point attempts while holding the Clippers to 9-for-35 shooting from long distance.

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