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Kobe gets his revenge as Lakers down Heat 93-83

Mar 4, 2012, 7:50 PM EST

Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

You couldn’t have scripted this any better.

Kobe Bryant got revenge on Dwyane Wade for his hard foul in the All-Star Game a week later, with his Lakers winning 93-83 over Miami behind 33 points on 23 shots for the Black Mamba. Wade fouled out (!) scoring just 16 points on 17 field goal attempts. Bryant was clearly motivated to take this game out of the Heat’s hands from the start, scoring 16 points in the first quarter.

But it wasn’t just Bryant and a difficult night for Wade. The Lakers abused the Heat inside with their size advantage, and Metta World Peace had a magnificent game. After struggling the past two years, Lakers fans have become nervous about his production, but the man formerly known as Ron Artest was dominant on both ends of the floor. MWP hit 2-4 from three-point land, a few turnaround jumpers (prepare for the apocalypse) and added four steals. He did all the things he did in his prime and helped contain LeBron James for the most part.

It was a brutally physical game between the two, and the first win for L.A. over the Heat since the formation of the Big 3. Of course it was’t actually over the Big 3. Chris Bosh was out due to personal reasons. The impact there was significant as with Wade struggling and in foul trouble, James was passing to Juwan Howard and Joel Anthony to try and convert buckets. That did not work out well.

Still, it was a statement game for L.A. They’ve been playing well but haven’t had a statement game like this outside of the win over Boston before the break. Now they’re on a significant roll with a loss to the Thunder on the road the only blemish as of late, and took out the team that has dominated them the past two seasons, and the player, LeBron James, which has equally vexed Bryant. The formula for L.A. is still effective. Tough defense, creating quality offense, allowing the defense to get back and set, and so forth. That cycle of control is what allows them to play their best and spacing the floor with MWP and Steve Blake, when effective, makes them an entirely different animal.

Just two weeks removed from a time when they were thought to be unraveling, the Lakers look like the best team in the Western Conference. It’s early, but if the Lakers wanted to start the second half hot to push for a playoff run, this stretch bolstered by a huge win over the Heat was a great way to go.

  1. velascochad - Mar 4, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    that masked mamba has no regard for human life!

  2. readysethike - Mar 4, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    The heat just didnt look ready to play…Bosh needs to come back

    • velascochad - Mar 4, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      kobe uses slither!,

      and it’s super effective.

      d-wade poisoned. and fouled out!

      a wild lebron james appears.

      uses clutch, it’s not effective.

      lakers got the victory!

      leveled up to 23-14!

  3. keyshawn22 - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Kobe is so overrated. He had a great 1st qtr and did nothing the rest of the game besides make a wide open jump shot late. Metta World Peace was the reason the lakers won this game, give the guy his props, stop praising the ball hog for doing a whole lot of nothing.

    • thraiderskin - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:32 PM

      wow… you have no clue what you are talking about, If you’re looking to shed praise on MWP, fine, but Kobe is overrated? damn that’s dumb.

    • SOSB - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      Totally bro. Who needs 5 rings when you can be the King and kick it in south beach yo!

  4. tampajoey - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    and Kobe still has NO rival … 93 – 83

  5. crimhollingsworth - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Kurt Helin would have titled this post, “Kobe gets his revenge as Lakers down heat 93-83, BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER!”

    • stadix093 - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:52 PM

      I love reading these kind of comments. You have NO idea how wrong you are. Forumblueandgold is all I’m going to say.

  6. raidmagic - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Good thing Lebron didn’t need a late game pass…err…shot to win this one.

  7. sysi45 - Mar 5, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    It was close in the last couple of minutes and Heat could have won if only Wade had caught LeBron’s passes. Oh I forgot Wade had fouled out. LeBrick had nobody to pass to.

  8. plum13sec - Mar 5, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    MVP

  9. cbthegreat89 - Mar 5, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Kobe is the MVP stop hating boi!!!! Jump off his meat

  10. cinnalocks - Mar 5, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    17 and 2 at home, the best home record in the league! The Lakers have a punchers chance as they stand. A slow half court set in the playoffs will suit them well. Throwing the ball into the post makes it hard for any team to deal with the Lakers.

  11. gv1221 - Mar 5, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    I would not mind a heat lakers finals. I need some chippyness in my life.

  12. couldntthinkofaname - Mar 5, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    I love the genius who called Kobe a ball hog. What’s Kobe supposed to? Pretend he’s Steve Nash and turn into a point guard? That’s why he’s a shooting guard, oh brilliant one.

  13. drewdatwit84 - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Here’s what u nerds don’t realize. The Heat can win any game in their sleep if they tried. 9 wins in a row all by double digits, this team is finally BORED WITH THE REGULAR SEASON. the playoffs is what Miami is playing for. So while loser teams like the lakers are happy over one insignificant win over Wade and the Heat, the Heat have a bigger picture to stare at this season: a championship, something the lakers have ZERO CHANCE of getting this year. Enjoy this lil garbage win ducks, the Heat have bigger prizes to claim.

    • tsi431 - Mar 5, 2012 at 7:07 AM

      drewdatwit84,

      Yes, every team in the NBA is content with being the 2nd best team in there conference and 3rd best team overall.

      You sir are brilliant.

    • berbes - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      really? is laBoob working on his gag-reflex for the playoffs?

    • wfon1 - Mar 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      As a Laker fan, Ive seen the Lakers not take regular seasons too seriously and waiting for the playoffs to pick it up. But for YOU as a HEAT FAN to say this?! Dude, you need some rings first before you can say that.

  14. chitownrose - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    Bosh is so underrated..if he were playing in this game i dont see miami losing by 10 pts.not saying the lakers would have lost..but either way he would have a had an impact

  15. omniusprime - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    About time that the player formerly known as Ron Artest had a good game, now the question is can he do that a lot more consistently. I’m not sure I’d call the victory over the short handed Heat a statement game but it sure felt good to see the Lakers finally beat the new Heat. Beating the Thunder on the road would be more like a statement game. Kobe had a good shooting performance and Bynum and Gasol played the middle very well. We Laker fans can only hope that the team plays like this the rest of the season and into the playoffs. Let’s also hope Kupcake makes a good trade for a young fast point guard, the big hole that needs filling if the Lakers are to do well in the playoffs.

  16. southbeachtalent - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Hats off the Lakers, they definetely out-performed the Heat. Wade was off and obviously against a team with two productive bigs, Bosh was really missed.

    But, to be honest I’m glad this is going on. I didn’t want this team to peak early and then run out of steam. Lets re-group and begin one last final run. LETS GO HEAT!!

  17. max20characters - Mar 5, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    D-Wade has to be the most overrated player this past decade. D12 for Wade straight up! 7-1 without him shows all they need is LeBron.

    • raidmagic - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      Ummm D Wade championships? 1
      Lebron championships? 0

      You were saying?

  18. bearsstillsuck - Mar 5, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    I’m a big Kobe hater, but even I admit that the lakers would be nothing without him, which qualifies him for MVP.

  19. urodaddy07 - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Keyshawn22 and Max20: are you guys real fans of the game or do you just cheer your teams along. Kobe and D-Wade are over-rated? Really. So explain how they both have championship rings.
    I don’t really think this one game matters too much, but it does magnify the deficiencies in the Heat’s roster – size. So the thing is they can be beaten by a team that has size, prevents the dribble penetration and rebounds therefore limiting fast break opportunities

  20. diablito0402 - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Keyshawn22@
    Kobe is ao overated? 5 rings 3 allstar mvps, a few scoring titles, mvp of the league, about 29000 career points and countless buzzer beaters in preassure pack post season games, and so overreated?? I guess michael jordand was over reated too then??

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