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Marcus Morris leads undermanned Clippers over Heat

Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (8) scores two of his season-high 32 points in a win over the Miami Heat on Monday in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (8) scores two of his season-high 32 points in a win over the Miami Heat on Monday in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Marcus Morris Sr. scored a game-high 32 points to lead an undermanned Los Angeles Clippers team to a victory over the Miami Heat.

The Clippers won the game 125-118 despite playing without four regular starters on Monday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles played without injured All-Stars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. Nicolas Batum also missed the game because of a migraine. The Clippers also rested Patrick Beverley.

"I take my hat off for our young guys," Morris told reporters. "They stepped up and played their butts off. It was a great all-around win."

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The Heat had a 35-33 lead after the first 12 minutes. Los Angeles then outscored Miami 20-9 to open the second quarter. Morris scored 11 points in the frame to help the Clippers earn a 67-62 lead at halftime.

The Heat then outscored the Clippers 29-25 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 92-91 going into the fourth quarter.

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Heat guard Tyler Herro hit a jump shot to give his team a 93-92 lead 26 seconds into the final frame. The Clippers then retook the lead on the next possession and never trailed again.

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Los Angeles went on a 7-0 run to take a 100-93 lead three minutes into the fourth quarter. The Clippers led by as many as 12 points down the stretch.

Morris made 11 of 15 shots and six 3-pointers to reach his season-high point total. Ivica Zubac chipped in 22 points and eight rebounds off the Clippers bench.

Clippers guard Lou Williams had 18 points and 10 assists. Terance Mann and Amir Coffee also scored 15 points apiece for Los Angeles.

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The Clippers had 31 assists in the victory.

"All of our guys were ready to play," Clippers coach Tyronn Lue told reporters. "It was a total team effort and a total team win. We've had back-to-back 30-assist games. We want to continue to just keep building."

Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Herro and Bam Adebayo scored 27 points apiece for Miami. Adebayo also had 12 rebounds and seven assists.

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"We had breakdowns in different segments of the game," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters. "They capitalized on the important [sequences] that swing moments of the game."

The Clippers (21-8) host the Utah Jazz at 10 p.m. EST on Wednesday at Staples Center. The Heat (11-16) battle the Golden State Warriors at 10 p.m. EST on Wednesday at Chase Center in San Francisco.

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