Los Angeles (25-16) at Miami (27-18)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Mon Jan 30, 2006
  • TV: FSW2, SUN
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It has been nearly 14 years since the Los Angeles Clippers have won six games in a row. To end that drought, they have to beat a team featuring two of the league’s best players

Los Angeles begins a season-high six-game Eastern road trip when they meet Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal and the Miami Heat.

The Clippers have had surprising success against the Heat, winning six of the last nine meetings overall after dropping nine straight to them.

Los Angeles completed a home-and-home sweep of the Denver Nuggets in emphatic fashion Saturday with a 112-79 win. Six Clippers scored in double-digits with Cuttino Mobley leading with 19 points.

The Clippers took the first meeting, 105-87, on Friday in Denver.

“This was a great two game sweep,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “Its not an easy thing to do, play a good team back to back.

The Clippers have not won six straight games since March 18-31, 1992 under current New York Knicks coach Larry Brown. The team’s longest winning streak since moving to Los Angeles in 1984 was eight games from Nov. 30-Dec. 15, 1991 under Mike Schuler.

Elton Brand and Sam Cassell have played a big part during the Clippers’ winning streak. Brand is averaging 21.8 points while Cassell is averaging 20.8 points over the last five games.

Brand has scored an average of 22.3 points in 15 career games against the Heat, including a 37-point performance on Dec. 5, 2005. Cassell is averaging 15.0 points and 5.7 assists in 29 games against Miami.

The Heat won for the fourth time in five games after a 101-95 victory Sunday over the Houston Rockets.

Wade returned from a one-game absence with a sprained ankle and scored a team-high 32 points, including 16-for-19 from the free-throw line.

“I got a rhythm going,” said Wade, who also had nine assists. “The guys just did a good job of putting the ball in my hands.”

Wade is averaging 23.6 points and 6.7 assists in just three games against the Clippers.

O’Neal added 24 points and 14 rebounds in the win over Houston. He has recorded double-doubles in his last two home games, averaging 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds.

O’Neal had a career-high 61 points and had 23 rebounds on March 6, 2000 in a 123-103 win over the Clippers while he was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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