Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/15/12
LOS ANGELES – In a matchup of two superstar-driven teams, the Los Angeles Clippers' Big Two outlasted the Miami Heat's Big Three. Blake Griffin had 20 points, 14 rebounds and six assists and Chris Paul had 16 points, 10 assists and four steals to lead the Clippers to a 107-100 win over the Heat on Wednesday night at Staples Center. After a close first half that featured 14 lead changes, Los Angeles took control late in the third quarter with a 16-6 run as Paul had 13 points during the stretch. Miami, which led by two at the half, shot 1-for-5 from 3-point range in the third while the Clippers hit 5-of-9 and finished with 10 3-pointers for the game. LeBron James had 30 points, seven assists and five rebounds to lead Miami (6-3), which had won five-of-six after a 20-point loss to New York on Nov. 2. But Dywane Wade only added six points and six rebounds to go along with five turnovers, and Chris Bosh added 11 points and nine rebounds. Jamal Crawford had 22 points off the bench for the Clippers (6-2), who won the close battle on the strength of free-throw shooting. Los Angeles hit 27-of-32 free throws for 84.4 percent, while the Heat made 21-of-29 from the free-throw line. In the first half, the two teams' biggest stars played a little game of give-and-take, but Crawford and Rashard Lewis stole the show. Crawford led the Clippers with 14 first-half points, while Lewis had 11 for the Heat, who claimed the 54-52 lead at halftime after 14 lead changes in the first half. In a back-and-forth game for almost the entire half, Los Angeles claimed an early six-point lead less than two minutes into the game, but then neither team led by more than three until Miami claimed a five-point advantage with less than two minutes left. Caron Butler eventually cut the Heat halftime lead to two on a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left. Griffin had 13 points and eight rebounds at the break, while James had 11 points and four assists. NOTES: Chauncey Billups (Achilles) and Grant Hill (knee) remain out for the Clippers, and neither has played this year. Billups is expected to return in roughly three weeks, while there is no timetable for Hill's return. ... Likewise, Miami center Dexter Pittman continues to nurse a strained quad and still has not played this season. ... The Clippers won the two teams' lone matchup last season Jan. 11, 95-89, in overtime.
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