You know, I watched this game, I'm sitting here looking at the box score, and I barely know what happened. What did the Heat do to win the game? Well, 35 free throws to the Clippers 13 accounts for most of the difference. And that might account for how disinterested I feel about the game - not a lot of fun watching guys parade to the free throw line, particularly guys on the other team. We didn't even really get the pleasure of seeing a great player play a great game. Sure Dwyane Wade finished with a game high 27 - but 15 of those came at the line. So if you ignore those (and let's face it, free throws don't often make highlight reels), Wade made six buckets, and didn't even play in the fourth quarter.
For the Clippers, Rasual Butler was great (31 points on 12 for 19 shooting, 6 for 11 on his threes) but no one really helped him. Chris Kaman was scoreless in the first half, and then missed his first three shots of the second half. He had a nice bounce back to finish 8 for 17, but it was too little too late. Drew Gooden was 1 for 9 - and most of those were point blank. We should have known we were in for a long night when, on the Clippers very first offensive possession of the game, Gooden missed an easy layup, then after the Clippers got the offensive rebound, Chris Kaman missed a wide open 10 footer, and then Gooden missed an easy tip as well. Three simple shots, three misses.
Miami used the Clippers frigid shooting start to jump out to a 14-3 lead. Is it any consolation that the game was a flat footed tie (94-94) from that point early in the fourth quarter? Of course not. It's just a little demonstration of how important it is not to build yourself a double digit deficit in the first five minutes of the game.
For whatever reason, the point bunnies caused LA trouble all night - everyone, not just Kaman. Gooden missed a bunch. DeAndre Jordan missed two on one possession. Kaman missed them as well.
The Clippers have rarely looked good playing without Eric Gordon in the last two seasons, and tonight was no exception. I certainly hope that he'll be back for Friday's game, because I'd really like to see them win a game on this trip, and I don't think it's going to happen without him.
One quick highlight from the game. The Baron to DeAndre 70 foot lob is the longest I've ever seen. Pretty unbelievable, actually.