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Miami’s ball movement was superb from the outset, recording assists on all but one of its first 18 field goals and building a 43-24 lead with 9:44 left in the second quarter. The Heat had 33 assists on 41 field goals overall.

“We pride ourselves on moving the ball, and we know that makes it easier for all of us,” James said. “We keep everyone in a rhythm when we’re passing the ball and sharing the ball. Tonight we had some turnovers, including myself. I mean, I was the main culprit (with seven), and I’ve got to be more conscious of that and not turn the ball over so much.”

NOTES: James was called for a reach-in foul against Griffin with 3:17 left in the third quarter, his first of the game, and was assessed a technical foul by referee Bill Kennedy for complaining about it with Miami leading 81-69. … The Clippers began a five-game homestand that includes four opponents that entered Wednesday with a combined 126-62 record - Portland and division leaders Miami, Toronto and San Antonio. … Miami improved to 8-2 against teams that currently lead their division. The Clippers are 3-6 in that department.