Feb.14, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers small forward Matt Barnes (22) guards Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) in the second half of the game at the Staples Center. Clippers won 125-101. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Thursday Recap: LeBron's streak ends, Clippers win battle of L.A. and more

Feb 14, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s Valentine’s day today and tonight, we recap the two double-header games that occurred around the league and talk more trade rumours as the Feb. trade deadline approaches. Let’s get right to it.

  • First up head over to Chesapeake Energy Arena, where the Seattle Super Sonics Oklahoma City Thunder welcomed the real defending champions, the Miami Heat. A showdown between two NBA finals contenders. Kevin Durant scored an astonishing 40 points, four assists and grabbed eight rebounds, but it wasn’t enough, as Lebron James led the Heat to a 110-100 victory.  James scored an outstanding 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists while shooting 14-of-24 from the field. Although James’ streak of shooting 60% may be over, he did however become the first NBA player to score at least 30 or more points in seven consecutive games heading into the NBA All-Star Weekend Break (previously held by Wilt Chamberlin, 1962-’63). Brad Rowland recaps the whole game from start to finish here.
  • The next trip on our voyage is in downtown Los Angeles, as the Clippers and Lakers competed in round three of the battle of L.A. As the clash of the titans (not the movie) is underway, the Clippers ended up winning round three by 24 points. Point god, Chris Paul, led the path of destruction as he had 24 points, 13 assists and one rebound while shooting 8-of-14 from the field. Blake Griffin followed up with 22 points, 10 rebounds and two assists. Kobe Johnson Bryant played his role as a facilitator as he had 11 assists, 20 points and five rebounds. The Lakers now head into the all-star weekend break, 10th in the western conference. Chris Shellcroft of Lake Show Life recaps the game and everything that went wrong for the Lakers here.
  • As trade rumours are the most popular topic right now, we head over to Fully Clips, where Ian Denchasey reports the significance of Wednesday’s night’s victory over the Houston Rockets means for the Los Angeles Clippers and five important facts to take-way from it. You can read Denchasey’s report here.
  • Over to the Beale Street Bears, and we have some Memphis Grizzlies news. This year power forward, Zach Randolph will be the only Grizzly representing the Memphis team during All-Star Weekend.  While the two-time All-star is preparing to embark on the weekend festivities, John Hugar reports what to expect from him during the All-Star game. Read more about it here.
  • Finally, while All-Star Weekend is on the horizon, don’t get too excited yet. Vytis Lasaitis of King James Gospel writes about the weekend festivities and reports that four NBA All-Stars (two from the west, two from the east) may miss the weekend celebrations because of injuries. You can read all the injury news here.

Tags: Blake Griffin Chris Paul Houston Rockets Kevin Durant Kobe Bryant Lebron James Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Lakers Memphis Grizzlies Miami Heat NBA NBA All Star Challenge NBA On TNT Oklahoma City Thunder Seattle SuperSonics Wilt Chamberlain

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