The LA Clippers lost to the Miami Heat 104-90 on Sunday, January 11 at Staples Center, with a huge night for Heat player Chris Bosh. Here are the takeaways of the game.
The Clippers struggled on the boards. DeAndre Jordan who averages 13.5 rebounds only had 6. Even Blake Griffin had 6 rebounds. Miami Heats, Hassan Whiteside had 16 rebounds, more than Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan combined, according to ESPN.
The Clippers reserves were outplayed by Miami’s bench. The Heat’s bench outscored the Clippers’ reserves, 37-15. Jamal Crawford who is averaging 15.9 points off of the bench had only scored four points on one for nine shooting. Spencer Hawes also had only four points on two-for-six shooting, according to LA Times
Clippers led at top of the game. The Clippers had a 13-point lead early in the first quarter. Then, the Clippers looked like they didn’t have any energy, allowing Miami to have an advantage entering the second, and eventually lead by as many as 15 points, according to LA Times.
The Clippers went 6-3 on the homestand. The Clippers had won five of their last six games, including the previous four by an average of 25.5 points. Their loss to Miami comes at the end of a nine-game homestand — the longest in franchise history — during which they went 6-3. Chris Paul was not impressed. “No, that’s not what we are expecting,” Chris Paul stated, according to LA Times
The Clippers are known for their fast starts, so being down 13 points right away was no surprise for Miami, according to ESPN.