Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/16

Game 1: Friday, January 16th
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Clippers85
Game 2: Friday, January 30th
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Clippers 88

(19-25, 4-14 away)

Heat 97

(20-27, 14-7 home)

    Coverage: FSPI

    7:30 PM ET, January 30, 2004

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 22 28 16 2288
    MIA 23 21 24 2997

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: E. Brand 23 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Ast, 5 Blk

    Miami: L. Odom 25 Pts, 14 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Odom has 25 points, 14 boards vs. former team

    MIAMI (AP) -- Lamar Odom got the best of his old Los Angeles Clippers teammates.

    Odom had 25 points and 14 rebounds in the Miami Heat's 97-88 victory over the Clippers on Friday night.

    "I was put in a situation where I had to prove myself this year," said Odom, who played his first four seasons with the Clippers. "Nobody thought that I was any good. It's not personal, but I guess I'm a little more mentally focused."

    "His effort is very high when he plays them," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said. "He has done it with all the things that the people have questioned about his game."

    Odom scored eight points in the final quarter to help the Heat sweep the season series.

    "He played excellent tonight," Clippers forward Elton Brand said. "I played with him, so I know he's capable of that. It's not a surprise to me."

    Rafer Alston hit a 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining to put Miami ahead 91-83, and the Heat took their first double-digit lead of the game 32 seconds later when Malik Allen hit a baseline jumper.

    Brand had 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers in the first game of a nine-game road trip.

    After leading 78-77 with 6:05 left, Miami stretched its lead to 83-77 on three free throws by Odom and two by Allen.

    "We put a lot of effort and energy in this game," Heat forward Caron Butler said. "It felt great."

    Miami rebounded to beat the Clippers after blowing a late lead Wednesday night in a one-point loss in Cleveland.

    "I think we hurt ourselves against Cleveland and tonight we came out in the second half and took a step forward," Miami guard Eddie Jones said. "When we play defense like that, good things happen for our offense." ^Notes:@ Los Angeles won't return home until after the All-Star break. ... Miami swept the season series after losing its previous four games to the Clippers. ... Brand and Odom each have 23 double-doubles this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAC
    MIA
    Points 88 97
    FGM-FGA 33-73 (.452) 32-75 (.427)
    3PM-3PA 6-15 (.400) 5-16 (.313)
    FTM-FTA 16-21 (.762) 28-34 (.824)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-38 14-42
    Assists 13 12
    Turnovers 24 18
    Steals 11 14
    Blocks 6 5
    Fast Break Points 2 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (1/0) 20 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Miami
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 23
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 5
    Lamar Odom Odom
    Points: 25
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1