Paul George scores 27 points as the Clippers rally to beat the Heat

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LOS ANGELES – After losing four of their first five games, the Los Angeles Clippers they are rolling. And they’re proving they can play with command when Paul George needs a break.

George scored 27 points, Reggie Jackson added all of his 22 in the second half and the Clippers held out to beat the Miami Heat 112-109 Thursday evening for the sixth consecutive victory.

Eric Bledsoe had 21 points and Ivica Zubac finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who were down 17 points in the first quarter when Miami’s Bam Adebayo scored 19 points.

Adebayo had a seasonal record of 30 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Lowry scored 22 of his 25 points in the fourth, when Miami beat the Clippers 9-4 in the final 1:36.

“I like that Kyle. I like that kind of Kyle. I like that aggressive Kyle,” Adebayo said. “I like the way he got to his points. I feed on that.”

Miami lost their third straight and fourth of five.

“I was just trying to find a way to get a win,” Lowry said. “I had the opportunity, I attacked a lot more. I was just trying to be a little more decisive with my team, but it doesn’t matter because we lost the game anyway.”

Tyler Herro added 23 points by losing all six of his six triples to Miami.

Jackson made two free throws with 3.9 seconds left for a three-point lead. PJ Tucker turned the ball when Nicolas Batum blocked his pass from the sideline to Terance Mann.

“I just tried to get ahead a little bit,” Batum said.

George sat down early in the third, but Jackson and Bledsoe showed the Clippers were in good hands.

Jackson’s triple gave the Clippers their first game lead in the third after scoring his first game points over their previous possession. He finished with 15 in the period, with the Clippers closing on a 21-12 run to lead 86-78 at the start of the quarter.

“We’re just playing with more flow and rhythm,” said Bledsoe, who returned for his second stint with the Clippers. “We have tons of shooters.”

Adebayo’s dunk provided the only lead of the heat in the third, 66-65. Jackson and Bledsoe scored the big Los Angeles run, combining for 19 points. Zubac’s dunk from Bledsoe’s pass was the only time Jackson and Bledsoe failed to score during the sprint.

The Clippers erased their entire 17-point deficit in the second and fell 58-56 at half time.

Bledsoe kept him in the fourth, scoring seven consecutive points, crowned by a triple that took the Clippers lead to 93-82.

It was Adebayo’s show in the first quarter, when he scored nearly half of the Heat’s 40 points and were up by 17. Even when he sat in the final two minutes, Max Strus scored 3 consecutive points to preserve comfort. of Miami. guide. Backed by Adebayo’s attack, the heat shot 68% and dominated the paint, 22-8.

“We knew exactly what was going to happen. We weren’t ready for how quickly they did it,” said Clippers manager Tyronn Lue. “We felt like we were the team that was in a back-to-back instead of those guys.”

SUGGESTION

Heat: Playing 10 of 15 away games this month, the most in November from a franchise record of 11 in 2017. … They played one after another in Los Angeles for the first time in franchise history, losing to overtime against the Lakers one night earlier.

Clippers: Won the best six franchises in a row in the Heat. Their last defeat dates back to December 2018.

DESCEND

Serge Ibaka has asked to go to the G League to work on timing and conditioning after playing his first two games of the season with the Clippers.

“This just shows you the professional he is,” Lue said.

Ibaka underwent back surgery in June which ended his season and knocked him out of the first six games of this season.

He scored 14 points and eight rebounds in the 25-minute Agua Caliente Clippers win on Thursday night.

NEXT

Heat: Visits Utah on Saturday in the second and final match between the two teams of the regular season.

Clippers: Host Minnesota on Saturday in the first game of a back-to-back.

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