The Clippers played the type of basketball they had been hoping to play all season in Wednesday's 114-90 win over the Orlando Magic.
They got a lead -- and actually kept it. Their bench outscored the Magic's reserves, 60-23. And the Clippers were able to rest their starters the entire fourth quarter just a day before they play Miami on Thursday.
The Heat are 3-3 at home so far this season, but they've won five straight in Miami against the Clippers by an average of 16 points.
After Wade sustained the hamstring injury during a game against Indiana on Nov. 12, Mario Chalmers has stepped up for the Heat, averaging 21 points on 52.8% shooting over the last three games.
Clippers small forward Chris Douglas-Roberts, who has a strained right Achilles, is questionable against the Heat.
Against Orlando on Wednesday, the Clippers outshot the Magic from the field, 53.6% to 39.5%. And from beyond the three-point line, the Clippers outshot Orlando, 57.1% to 33.3%.