LOS ANGELES – Backup center Cole Aldrich had 19 points and seven rebounds in place of ailing DeAndre Jordan, and the Los Angeles Clippers used a thunderous third-quarter surge to beat the Miami Heat 104-90 Wednesday night for their 10th straight victory.
Jordan was sidelined because of pneumonia, ending the NBA's longest active consecutive games played streak at 360.
The eight-year veteran, who led the league in rebounding the past two seasons, had the second-longest streak in franchise history behind Randy Smith's 595 straight games with the Buffalo Braves.
Chris Paul had 15 points and 12 assists for Los Angeles. Aldrich, a five-year veteran making his first start in 17 games with the Clippers, made seven of 14 shots while playing a season-high 24 minutes.