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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Heat Cooks Clippers for Turkey Day


LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers fed 4,000 turkey dinners to the needy Tuesday.

Wednesday, they looked like turkeys, falling behind the Miami Heat, 40-14, at the end of the first quarter and losing their fourth consecutive game, 98-82, before 7,006 at the Sports Arena.

"On a scale of one to 10 it was a 26,'' Clipper Coach Bill Fitch said. "They had 26 points more than we did.''

Asked to explain a first quarter in which the Heat shot 77.3 percent, Fitch asked: "Are you still writing for a family newspaper? I don't know who will start against Utah, but I guarantee you it will be a different starting line-up just to see if we can't get a little more energy into the start.''

Only 48 hours after playing perhaps their best game of the season in an 88-84 loss to the defending NBA champion Chicago Bulls, the Clippers played perhaps their worst game of the season against the Heat, which has won a team-record in six consecutive road games, the longest winning streak of the Pat Riley era.

The Clippers couldn't stop Dan Majerle, who had 16 points in the first half and finished with season highs of 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Celtics 110, Lakers 94. Antoine Walker and Dino Radja scored 19 points each and the Boston Celtics kept the ball from Shaquille O'Neal in the fourth quarter as they beat the Lakers 110-94 Wednesday night.

Los Angeles scored eight straight points to close an 11-point deficit to 96-93 with 2:49 left, but Boston reclaimed control as Dana Barros' three-pointer began a 14-1 game-ending rally.

Los Angeles, playing its sixth game in nine days, was led by O'Neal with 22 points and 10 rebounds and Eddie Jones with 19 points. O'Neal managed just one point in the final period and was scoreless in the last eight minutes.

Magic 79, Hawks 75. In Orlando, Florida, Nick Anderson, shut down offensively for 45 minutes, made three three-pointers in the final 2:40 as Orlando overcame poor shooting to beat Atlanta.

Rony Seikaly grabbed two of his 19 rebounds and made 3-of-4 free throws in the last 17.9 seconds to help the Magic hold off the Hawks, who missed 15-of-19 shots while scoring just 12 points in the fourth quarter.

Seikaly finished with 16 points and Darrell Armstrong and Anderson scored 14 a piece for the Magic, who shot 39 percent from the field.

Dikembe Mutombo scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Atlanta.

SuperSonics 106, Timberwolves 98. In Minneapolis, Detlef Schrempf and Hersey Hawkins tied season-highs with 27 and 24 points, respectively, and Seattle withstood five three-pointers in the fourth quarter by Shane Heal to defeat Minnesota.

Gary Payton added 22 points and 12 assists and Shawn Kemp had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the SuperSonics.


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