Here are the scores, updates, and results of the NBA 2021-2022 Regular Season between the Miami Heat (MIA) vs the Los Angeles Clippers (LAC) on January 29, 2022 (All times are in Philippine Standard Time) at the FTX Arena.
The Miami Heat overcame the Clippers’ comeback efforts late in the game and comes off with the victory with a final score of 121-114.
Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 26 points and nine dishes. Not only that, but the skilled forward also went 16-16 from the charity stripe. Vincent added 23 points and was a major threat from three-point land as he sank six three-pointers in the third quarter alone, he made seven overall on his twelve attempts from outside of the three-point arc.
Adebayo added another double-double stat line as he scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while shooting 7-14 from the field. Tucker had 18 for the Heat while Robinson had 16.
The Heat attempted 27 free throws in this contest and only missed one of them.
After the matchup, the Heat had ended their six-game losing streak against the Clippers. The last time Miami has ever won against Los Angeles was on December 8, 2018.
“It’s one of those things, we’ve got to learn how to play with leads, big leads at that,” Adebayo said. “Got to learn how to not let them come back, get those timely stops, get those timely buckets where it creates that distance.”
The home team led by as much as 23-points in the matchup. However, the Clippers attempted another wild comeback but were cut short. The road team narrowed the commanding lead by as much as four points late in the fourth quarter to keep their hopes alive off of Coffey’s lay-up with 33 seconds left. Butler then calmly dropped four free throws on their final two possessions to seal the deal.
“We don’t want to keep getting down for sure,” Tyronn Lue shared. “We are going to keep battling, keep fighting. I just think in the huddle, coming back, we just try to get some energy guys back in the game once the lead kind of goes south.”
Luke Kennard stood up again for the short-handed team with 23 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter and made five three-pointers. Bledsoe ended with 19 points while Coffey had 15.
“We always give ourselves a chance, no matter what,” Kennard shared. “But, again, we can’t dig ourselves in a hole that early in the game. We always believe but it’s tough getting down that much in games. It wears us down.”
Meanwhile, Miami’s Lowry and Los Angeles’ Morris have missed their previous sixth and third games, respectively, due to personal reasons.
“I think it’s always really important to realize basketball is second, third, if not around that area on people’s list of importance,” Butler shared his thoughts on Lowry’s absence in the past six games. “You’ve always got to make sure the family’s good, yourself is good. It just feels good to know that we’ve got guys who can step in and do what Kyle does for us. But I miss him. We all miss him. We want him and his family to be OK.”
Heat vs Clippers
19-28; 26-29; 35-19; 34-25
Heat (121) – Butler 26, Vincent 23, Adebayo 20, Tucker 18, Robinson 16
Clippers (114) – Kennard 23, Bledsoe 19, Coffey 15, Jackson 13, Batum 12