MIAMI - Blake Griffin's first dunk of the day was a wake-up call.
For the Miami Heat, that is.
Dwyane Wade had 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and the Heat stretched its winning streak to six games Sunday with a 97-79 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Chris Bosh scored 16 points, and Eddie House added 15 for Miami, which won despite a season-low 12 points by LeBron James. The Heat started the fourth quarter on an 18-4 burst to pull away.
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“Finally in the second half, we got it going,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Griffin notched the 42nd double-double of his rookie season, finishing with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Randy Foye scored 15, Baron Davis added 14 and Ryan Gomes added 12 for Los Angeles, which shot 32.5 percent and fell to 3-17 away from home.
“We just weren’t sharp and weren’t good offensively,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. “The guys battled. Our bench was poor today. We didn’t get anything from the bench, which really hurt us. We’re just not deep enough now to go through those lulls.”
Miami remained 11/2 games behind Boston for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Boston beat Orlando, 91-80, later Sunday.
Griffin had his share of now-standard highlight-reel moments, including a dunk with about 3 minutes to go in the first quarter that left some of the Heat reserves shaking their heads. Foye had missed a 3-pointer from the left side and Griffin — in one motion — leaped with his right arm outstretched, cradled the ball and slammed it through for a 15-13 lead.
That’s when Miami got rolling, going on a 10-2 burst and adding a 10-0 run later in the quarter to build a double-digit lead.