Attempting to guard a withering lead Wednesday in Orlando, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue noticed a protection unable to cease the Magic’s comeback.
One night time later in south Florida, with the Clippers this time within the place of getting to play from behind and needing their protection as soon as once more, Miami’s Jimmy Butler hit each massive shot that mattered.
Butler made a tricky runner with 2:43 to play to push the Heat’s result in six. He scored once more with 2:05 left to push it to eight. For good measure, his jumper from 15 ft with 57 seconds to play held the benefit at 5.
In all, Butler scored Miami’s last eight factors in a 115-110 win — and in a fourth quarter Miami received by eight factors — and he completed with 26 factors, with eight assists to push the Clippers (14-13) to a second consecutive loss. In a sport with no stream, every group taking turns making small runs and by no means main by greater than 10 factors, Butler’s late buckets broke the impasse.
Paul George led the Clippers with 29 factors, making a season-high 5 three-pointers.
The Clippers have been outscored by 26 factors within the paint, and dedicated 10 extra turnovers than the Heat.
In his first sport again from sickness, Marcus Morris Sr. scored 11 factors.
Although Kawhi Leonard continues to be not taking part in on consecutive nights, lacking Thursday’s sport, George suited up and was held to a different fastidiously monitored minutes allotment one night time after he and Leonard began the additional interval in Orlando on the bench after nearing their restrict of obtainable minutes. The group has been exceptionally cautious with the All-Star duo since coming back from harm Monday in Charlotte — a lot in order that starting Monday, his lineups have been dictated by a card spelling out precisely when sure gamers can play — and each stars felt the warning has been well-intentioned however overly limiting, additionally.
Coach Tyronn Lue defended the group’s medical employees, which helps decide the taking part in time, as doing a “great job.”
“I know they wanted to play but I just took the lead like, ‘No, this is it. We should have played when we was up 18.’ We could have won the game and it wouldn’t have been a factor,” Lue stated. “With that being said we’ve just got to be smart.”
That protection was tighter in Thursday’s opening quarter, funneling Miami into midrange photographs, however the 10-point lead it helped construct with 10 minutes to play within the second quarter was gone solely three minutes later after 13 unanswered factors by Miami.
Turnover woes returned within the third quarter, with level guard Reggie Jackson throwing an simply intercepted move, committing a carry after which a journey by himself inside simply 5 minutes, a streak that pushed the Clippers’ turnover complete to greater than double Miami’s six.
George checked in for his last shift with seven minutes remaining and the Clippers down two.
Terance Mann, after 19 factors the night time earlier than in Orlando, didn’t play whereas within the league’s concussion protocol. He’d slammed into Orlando’s Kevon Harris on the ultimate play of additional time and crumpled onto the court docket. Lue didn’t but know whether or not Mann could be out there Saturday within the journey’s finale in Washington.