Wade scores 25 points in his 1,000th game, Heat top Clippers
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 09, 2018 02:44 PM
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, passes the ball as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Heat won 121-98. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
By Doug Padilla, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 25 points in his 1,000th career game, leading the Miami Heat to a 121-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
Wade was 8-for-21 from the field and 5-for-10 from three-point range. The veteran guard will play his final regular-season game in Los Angeles on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Heat held a 91-90 lead after three quarters using a big fourth to pull away. From the end of the third until just over three minutes remained, the Heat went on a 25-2 run to take control.
Tobias Harris scored 20 points and Lou Williams added 18 for the Clippers, who were just 7-of-29 from three-point range and 33-for-89 from the field.
Miami was without guard Josh Richardson, who was a late scratch because of a shoulder impingement. They also lost guard Tyler Johnson early in the first with a left hip contusion. Johnson had scored eight points in the opening five minutes. Goran Dragic was out because of rest.
The Heat finished strong despite playing Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) at Phoenix when they defeated the Suns. Miami has won four of its past five games and is 2-0 to start a season-high six-game road trip.
As the Heat piled it on in the fourth, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers earned two quick technical fouls and was ejected.
James Johnson scored 18 points for the Heat and Kelly Olynyk added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Derrick Jones Jr. had 11 rebounds.
Danilo Gallinari had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who saw their NBA-best nine-game home win streak end. The Clippers entered having won 10 of their past 13 games.
Heat: Wade was 4-for-7 from three-point range in the opening two quarters, tying his career high for made three's before halftime. ... Miami outscored the Clippers 30-8 in the final quarter to put the game away.
Clippers: The eight-point fourth quarter was their lowest scoring quarter since March 2003. ... Luc Mbah a Moute, who has not played since Oct. 23 (Oct. 24, PHL time) because of a knee injury, is likely two weeks away from playing according to Rivers
Heat: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).
Clippers: At Phoenix on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).