The Miami Heat fell to the Los Angeles Clippers at home on Sunday 100-93. Clippers guard Chris Paul started off cold missing his first nine shots, but turned it around to end the night with a game high 22 points and seven assists. Paul’s back to back three pointers in the final minutes of the game sealed the win for Los Angeles.
For Miami, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and Goran Dragic all scored 17 points, and Luol Deng had 15 points. Heat Guard Dwayne Wade says he thinks they got the shots they needed to but they weren’t falling in the fourth quarter and the Clippers took advantage of their misses.
Up next, the Miami Heat will host the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday night. Tip off is set for 8:00 p.m.
The other Florida team had better luck on Sunday. The Orlando Magic defeated the Atlanta Hawks at home 96-94 from a buzzer beater from center Nikola Vucevic. He ended the night with a team high 22 points and also tallied 9 rebounds. Evan Fournier put up 21 points and Victor Oladipo added 19 points. Elfrid Payton had a game high 12 assists, while assisting the final six baskets for the Magic.
With 2.2 seconds left in the game, Elfrid Payton passed the ball to Vucevic for the 18 foot game winning jump shot. Vucevic says it looked good when it left his hand and he’s glad it went in for the game winner.
The Magic are 3-18 so far in 2016, and have yet to string together two consecutive wins this year. On top of that, the Magic have only won 4 of their last 21 games against the Hawks.
The Magic will travel to Atlanta to take on the Hawks again tonight for the second half of a home and home set. Nikola Vucevic says obviously the Hawks are going to come ready to play, they won’t be happy that they lost so they will come out aggressive.
Tip off for tonight’s game in Atlanta is set for 8:00 p.m.