Blake Griffin and LeBron James, could this be the start of a cross country rivalry?

words_Nick Engvall

Maybe it was some sort of Player of the Week jinx on LeBron or something but there are not too many people that would have guessed that the Los Angeles Clippers at 12-24 coming into Wednesday, would be the team to end the Miami Heat’s 9 game winning streak. Of course the exception to that is the Clippers and their fans who have seen their share of ups and downs. This year the high points now include victories over San Antonio and Miami, two of the NBA’s best teams.

A quick glance at the stat sheet and it would seem that the Heat were up to their usual ways. Dwyane Wade scored 31. Chris Bosh scored 26 and grabbed 13 boards. LeBron added another 27. The rest of the supporting cast seemed to be absent though.

The Clippers started out the game by kicking any welcome mat for the Heat aside and scoring 44 points in the first quarter. The Clippers shot 50% from the field led by rookie Blake Griffin who continued his pre-dunk contest exhibition on his way to his 30th double-double of the season with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Eric Gordon scored 26 and Baron Davis added 20 points in the victory.

In other action the Magic, who were also riding a 9 game winning streak, saw their first loss of 2011 despite Gilbert Arenas’ impressive footwear choice.

Check out the images from around the NBA courtesy of ESPN.

Sneaker Watch: A look at what the pros wear on the court.

Stephen Jackson wearing a PE colorway of the Jordan Take Flight.Stephen Jackson wearing a PE colorway of the Jordan Take Flight.The Lopez Brothers battling in the post wearing the adidas TS Heat Check.The Lopez brothers battling in the post, each wearing the adidas TS Heat Check.

Kevin Durant drives to the basket wearing the Nike Zoom KD III.Kevin Durant drives to the basket wearing the Nike Zoom KD III.

Amar'e Stoudemire wearing the Nike Zoom Huarache, hassles Deron Williams in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.Amar’e Stoudemire wearing the Nike Zoom Huarache Trainer, hassles Deron Williams in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.

Derrick Rose calls a play in the adidas adiZero Rose.Derrick Rose calls a play in the adidas adiZero Rose.

Kobe Bryant relaxing in the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.Kobe Bryant relaxing in the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.

Jordan Farmar floats for the camera wearing the adidas adiZero Rose.Jordan Farmar floats for the camera wearing the adidas adiZero Rose.

Gilbert Arenas broke out a pair of the Air Jordan 14.Gilbert Arenas broke out a pair of the Air Jordan 14.Chris Paul protects the ball wearing the Jordan CP3.IV while Jameer Nelson defends in the Reebok Zig Slash.Chris Paul protects the ball wearing the Jordan CP3.IV while Jameer Nelson defends in the Reebok Zig Slash.

Another look at CP3's latest signature model, the Jordan CP3.IV.Another look at CP3’s latest signature model, the Jordan CP3.IV.

Dwight Howard with a beastly dunk that appears to have cleared the lane wearing the adidas TS Beast.Dwight Howard with a beastly dunk that appears to have cleared the lane wearing the adidas TS Beast.

LeBron James doing a self impression minus the chalk in the Nike Air Max LeBron VIII V2.LeBron James doing a self impression minus the chalk in the Nike Air Max LeBron VIII V2.

Blake Griffin in what may be his first non-dunk easy basket of the season, wearing the Nike Air Max Fly By.Blake Griffin in what may be his first non-dunk easy basket of the season, wearing the Nike Air Max Fly By.