Heat 107, Clippers 88
MIAMI (AP) _ Jamal Mashburn scored 26 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 107-88 victory over the reeling Clippers on Tuesday night, handing Los Angeles its seventh straight loss and 17th defeat in 18 games.
The Heat, winners of five of six overall and a season-best six straight at home, got 20 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks from Alonzo Mourning.
The Clippers, losers of 13 straight on the road, were without rookie Lamar Odom, who stayed in Los Angeles nursing a sore right shoulder and tendinitis of his left knee. He played in the All-Star rookie game last weekend.
Eric Piatkowski, who took Odom’s spot, led the Clippers with 15 points. Eric Murdock added 13.
Charles Jones’ layup cut Miami’s lead to 41-37, but the Heat reeled off an 18-7 run to lead 59-44 at halftime.
Voshon Leonard, who scored 15, had two 3-pointers and a layup during the spurt, and Mashburn scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting by halftime. He finished 9-of-14, including 4-of-6 on 3-pointers, and grabbed eight rebounds.
Mashburn hit two 3-pointers and Anthony Carter fed P.J. Brown for a fast-break dunk to cap a 14-5 run early in the third quarter to give Miami a 73-52 lead with 5:31 left. Carter had eight assists.
The lead ballooned to 30, 91-61, early in the fourth quarter after a dunk by Clarence Weatherspoon and a free throw by Mourning.
Miami outrebounded the Clippers 63-37, the Heat’s largest rebounding edge of the season.
Notes: Odom, who scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 28 minutes in the rookie game, is expected to rejoin the Clippers for their game in Orlando on Wednesday.