LeBron James scores 31 as Heat nip Clippers

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LeBron James put up 31 points and notched 12 assists to help the Miami Heat sneak past the Los Angeles Clippers, 116-112. The Heat had a strong shooting performance from the field in this one, going 41-78 (52.6%). This is the third straight win for Miami (35-13).

James finished 11-20 from the field (3-7 on 3-point attempts) in a solid performance. He also tallied 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Other top performers for Miami were Chris Bosh with 15 points and 8 rebounds, Dwyane Wade with 14 points and 8 assists, and Chris Andersen with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Blake Griffin had another strong performance for Los Angeles despite the loss, putting up 43 points on 16-34 shooting (1-3 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 10-17 from the free throw line. He also registered 15 rebounds and 6 assists. Jamal Crawford contributed 31 points and 6 assists, DeAndre Jordan finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Matt Barnes put up 12 points and 7 rebounds.

In a matchup of first-rate offenses, the unit of Miami (ranked second in the NBA in offensive efficiency) came out on top, scoring 1.14 points per possession. The Heat combined an eFG% of 60.9% with 41.9% 3-point shooting. They are 12-3 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Clippers, on the other hand, are 4-2 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.

This drops Los Angeles (34-18) to 0-2 versus Miami on the season.

Coming up, the Heat play the Utah Jazz, who are 16-32 on the season. The Clippers go up against the Toronto Raptors, currently sitting at 26-23 this year. The Heat are 1-0 versus Utah this season. The Clippers have a 1-0 record against Toronto this season.

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