(LOS ANGELES) — The Miami Heat certainly began their six-game road trip on the right foot.
LeBron James had 31 points, 12 assists, and eight rebounds as the champs outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers 116-112 on Wednesday night.
Dwayne Wade and Ray Allen combined to score 29 points for the Heat, (35-13) who had seven total players score in double figures.
Miami led for most of the game, but the Clippers (34-18) came charging back. They were within two when Allen hit the biggest shot of the night, a left corner three-pointer that made it 112-107 with 42.4 seconds remaining.
“That’s when the talent kicks in,” James said. “The play was broken down a little bit, but D-Wade made a heck of a play by getting into the paint, and Ray just kept moving into his favorite spot — one of those corners. D-Wade found him with a great pass, and Ray nailed it.”
Blake Griffin scored 43 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the loss for the Clippers, while Jamal Crawford added 31.
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