Clippers applying heat

Something's different: L.A. growing up early, beat the team to beat in statement game

Updated: January 12, 2012, 11:40 AM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- It felt different this time.

This time, it felt more like the start of something memorable, rather than last season, when it felt like a respite from a forgettable campaign.

The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Miami Heat on Wednesday night at Staples Center, just as they had done almost a year ago to the day last season. But if "Lob City" becomes something more than a passing nickname this season, the Clippers' 95-89 overtime win will be viewed as the moment we actually ...

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