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Heat undone by Spurs

After the high of LeBron James' 61-point explosion on Monday night, the Miami Heat have sunk to new lows for the Big Three era.

On Thursday, they lost 111-87 to the San Antonio Spurs. Coming on the back of Tuesday's 106-103 defeat against Houston, it means the Heat have lost back-to-back games without ever leading for the first time since James and Chris Bosh were partnered with Dwyane Wade in 2010.

Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 23 points and 11 rebounds while Tony Parker had 14 of his 17 points in the first half.

It was a fifth-straight win for San Antonio.

James managed 19 points for the Heat, who were led by 24 from Bosh.

At the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Clippers claimed a comfortable 142-94 victory over the Lakers in their sixth-straight win at the top of the Western Conference Pacific Division.

Darren Collison top scored for the Clippers with 24 points, while Blake Griffin also impressed with 20 points, 11 total rebounds and seven assists to condemn the Lakers to their second consecutive defeat at the bottom of the standings.

The Lakers, who were only trailing 29-27 after the first quarter, dropped behind following a Clippers assault in the second and third before coming out on top in the final quarter, but it was too little too late.

Top scorer for the Lakers was Pau Gasol, who claimed 21 points and seven total rebounds.

Gerald Green went off for 41 points - 25 of them coming in an incredible third quarter - as the Phoenix Suns rallied from 16 points down to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 128-122.

Markieff Morris added 24 while Goran Dragic had 22 including key shots in the final run to victory.

Russell Westbrook's season-high 36 went to waste for the Thunder.