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Miami (15-24) at LA Clippers (16-19) 10:30 pm EST
LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Lamar Odom faces his former team on Friday night when the Miami Heat visit the Los Angeles Clippers.

Miami signed Odom to an offer sheet in August and the Clippers did not match the six-year, $65 million deal. They had matched offer sheets to Corey Maggette and Elton Brand but let Odom go after four turbulent seasons with the Clippers.

Selected with the fourth overall pick in the 1999 draft, Odom battled injuries last season and averaged 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 49 games.

With Miami, the 6-10 Odom is averaging 16.9 points. He has missed just one game this season and led the Heat in scoring 11 times.

Odom played two seasons with Brand and could have been his teammate in Miami. But the Clippers matched Miami's six-year $82 million offer sheet to Brand.

Miami is just 2-5 in January after going 8-7 in December.

The Heat have lost five in a row on the road and are winless on a six-game trip that ends Sunday in Denver. On Thursday, Miami's road record fell to 4-18 with a 97-85 to the Utah Jazz as Eddie Jones scored 18 points and Odom added 14.

Los Angeles has lost eight of its last 14 games. The Clippers have played two straight overtime contests and come off Tuesday's 103-96 home win over Portland.

Former Miami guard Eddie House buried a game-tying 3-pointer late in regulation and sealed the game with a jumper in overtime.

Brand battled an injured right hand but finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. Maggette, who missed a wide-open game-winning shot in Sunday's loss to Memphis, led the Clippers with 32 points.

Miami has lost four straight road games to the Clippers.
Alston- Jaric
Jones(?) if not R Butler- House
Grant- Wilcox


if jones is out, this is one of the ugliest lineups ive seen since the beginning of the year when we started bimbo at pg, and alston at sg

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HEAT at L.A. Clippers @ Staples Center– Jan. 16, 2004 – 10:30 PM (Eastern)
TV: Sunshine Network– Eric Reid & Mike Fratello
Radio: WIOD 610 AM (Mike Inglis), WBZT 1230 AM, WACC 830 AM (Jose Paneda, Spanish Radio)
Series Notes: The L.A. Clippers swept the regular season series last season and has currently won four consecutive games over the HEAT dating back to the 2001-02 season. The Clippers won the first meeting last year, taking a 101-82 victory at the AmericanAirlines Arena and 89-80 at the Staples Center. Despite the Clippers four-game streak over the HEAT, Miami has dominated the all-times series between the two teams with a 21-9 overall record. The HEAT also has a winning record over the Clippers in Los Angeles with a 11-4 mark. At home in Miami, the HEAT as posted a 10-5 overall record. Prior to the Clippers four game streak, the HEAT had recorded nine consecutive wins, the longest winning streak of the series for either team. The nine game streak ran from Dec. 30, 1995 to Feb. 13, 2001. Malik Allen averaged 11.5 points per game last season and Brian Grant averaged 10.0 rebounds.


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This game is certainly more interesting with the Odom returning "home" story attached to it. You guys are going to have a heck of a time pulling this one out if Jones is missing from the lineup. On one hand I hope he is there because it'll make the game a better one, but then again I'm pulling for the Clips so I hope he isn't there too. Either way, Odom is the guy to watch in this one. I wonder how huge of a game he could have in his return to LA with all the other Heat stars out of the lineup?
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