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LeBron James vs. Blake Griffin: 3rd quarter, Clippers hanging on, 86-78

Lebron1 LeBron James and Blake Griffin were essentially even through two periods, the difference in the game being Griffin's teammates. The third quarter, of course, is traditionally a watershed moment for the Clippers ... and it's often a problem-filled 12 minutes. 

Griffin got the Clippers off on the right foot with a putback basket, though he missed the free throw after being fouled.

Griffin drove the lane with 8:27 to play and Zydrunas Ilgauskas hit him in the face for a flagrant 1 foul. Griffin made one of two free throws, as is often the case in one of the few so-so elements of his game.

The Clippers then went cold, and Chris Bosh, with just over seven minutes left, made two free throws to cut the lead to 73-67. The specter of a Clippers collapse loomed, and they called a timeout with 6:13 left, holding onto what appeared to be a very tenuous five-point lead.

James threw down an alley-oop dunk and Dwyane Wade's two free throws suddenly made it a three-point game as the Clippers' offense devolved into one-on-one basketball. (Sound familiar, Clippers fans?) James helped the Clippers' cause a bit with two missed free throws that could have made it a one-point game, then on the next possession threw up an airball on a largely uncontested 18-footer. Eric Gordon's subsequent drive pushed the Clippers' lead back to seven, 82-75.

Gordon began taking over with another drive to push the lead back to nine in the closing two minutes.

Score after three: Clippers 86, Heat 78.

Griffin: 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, for his 24th consecutive double-double.

James: 17-8-5.

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--Mike James

Photo: LeBron James shoots over Blake Griffin. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

 

 
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