As many as eight players scored in double figures for the Clippers as they comfortably beat a shorthanded Miami Heat squad behind a big second half.
After trailing 58-55 at the half, the Clippers turned the tables by outscoring the Heat 73-53 the rest of the way.
The Heat were missing Justice Winslow, who was reportedly part of the trade that sent Andre Iguodala to the Miami Heat, as well as Dion Waiters and James Johnson.
To make matters worse, the team lost Jimmy Butler in the third quarter to a strained right shoulder. Although the Heat fought till late in the fourth quarter, Butler didn't return and his absence was felt.
Here are the biggest takeaways from this game which saw the Heat go 0-4 against both Los Angeles teams for the season:
Clippers march towards 3s record with red-hot 3rd quarter
The Clippers grabbed control of the game in the third quarter when they outscored the Heat 37-22. They went from trailing by three to leading by 12 (92-80).
In the third period, they shot 13-of-22 (59.1%) from the field and 9-of-16 (56.3%) from beyond the arc while holding the Heat to just 9-of-25 (36.0%) from the field and 3-of-12 (25.0%) from beyond the arc.
Paul George was the Clippers' biggest contributor, recording 11 points and five assists in the period, scoring or assisting on 25 of the team's 37 points in the period.
Jimmy Butler's injury update
In the third quarter, Jimmy Butler left the game with a shoulder injury and later in the game, the team announced that he wouldn't return.
#MIAvsLAC INJURY UPDATE: Jimmy Butler exited tonight's game vs the Clippers with a strained right shoulder and will not return.- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 6, 2020
Postgame, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned that there was no update on Butler's injury but that an MRI was scheduled.
Clippers show-off balanced attack
With Kawhi Leonard having a rough shooting game (5-13 FG; 4-10 3PT), by his standards, the Clippers showed off their depth with multiple players scoring in double figures.
Landry Shamet scored a team-high 23 points (6-13 3PT). He was one of four other players to bury four or more 3-pointers - Paul George (23 pts; 5-7 3PT), Leonard, and JaMychal Green (12 pts, 4-of-7 3PT in 19 mins).
As a team, the Clippers shot 45-of-89 (50.4%) from the field and 24-of-54 (44.4%) from beyond the arc. Their 24 three-pointers is not just the most in franchise history, it's also the fourth-most all-time by any team.
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