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LeBron, Wade both dominant in Heat’s win over Lakers

Feb 10, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

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There were stretches during Sunday afternoon’s contest between the Heat and the Lakers where L.A. appeared to be coming together, and seemed capable of challenging Miami on its home floor. The Lakers found themselves tied at halftime, and were getting solid performances from multiple players, while taking good shots and limiting their turnovers.

Even if L.A. had been able to sustain that effort through four quarters with a flawless second half, it wouldn’t have been enough to beat the Heat in this one. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each were able to take over the game at times, and combined for 62 points in Miami’s convincing 107-97 win over the Lakers.

James and Wade finished with 32 and 30 points respectively, while each shooting an efficient 12-18 from the field in the process.

Wade was particularly effective in the second and fourth quarter stretches where James was on the bench. In the second, James played just three minutes due to picking up his third foul, while Wade played all 12 minutes and led his team with 10 points in the period. To start the fourth, Wade rattled off nine points while James was getting some rest, helping the Heat build their lead to seven by the time LeBron checked back in.

James has been on a shooting tear lately, and tied an NBA record for most games scoring at least 30 points while shooting better than 60 percent from the field — it was his fifth consecutive game doing so.

The Lakers were able to take advantage of the Heat’s size deficiency up front to a certain extent, with Kobe Bryant doing plenty of his damage inside, and Dwight Howard getting some shots to fall after receiving passes in the post. Bryant finished with 28 points on 10-19 shooting, while Howard ended up with 15 points on a 6-9 shooting effort.

The rebounding advantage that the Lakers should have been able to have against a Miami team which ranks near the bottom of the league in that category wasn’t there, however, due to the habit the Lakers’ bigs have of tracking the ball rather than finding a man to box out when the shot attempt goes up. The Heat were plus-nine on the boards for the game, and the 10 offensive rebounds they secured were double the amount grabbed by L.A.

In addition to Bryant and Howard, Earl Clark continued his strong play with 18 points and nine rebounds, and Metta World Peace continued to struggle offensively with a 3-11 shooting effort, and with the shot selection being questionable at best on close to half of those attempts.

The Lakers were able to stay close by taking care of the ball through three quarters, turning it over just seven times heading into the final period. But running the offense through Bryant in the post for the majority of the fourth quarter, L.A. turned it over eight times in the period, leading to a couple of highlight-reel plays from James as the Heat were able to turn those miscues into easy transition opportunities.

By contrast, Miami had zero turnovers in the fourth, after turning it over 11 times through three quarters.

The Lakers showed improvement on their Grammy road trip, but finished the seven-game stretch with a record of just 4-3. The Heat, meanwhile, improved to 22-3 at home, where there will be plenty more wins piled up before the season is over with Wade and James putting in simultaneously dominant performances like this one.

  1. bucrightoff - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I’ll be very surpised if the Finals aren’t Miami vs. OKC/SA. Clearly they are the three best teams in the league again.

    • pantsfreezone - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      I would throw Denver in there as a darkhorse. They could catch fire in the playoffs.

      • thenmoveback - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        Denver is

      • nbascreed - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        A couple things:

        1. There is no “catch fire” in the NBA. They play 7 game series for a reason. Barring injury, by the time you get to the finals the best team in the respective divisions is there.

        2. What makes you think that in such a talent laden conference that Denver could make it to the NBA Finals. Honestly, I don’t know that I take them over LAL (w/ Pau) or Golden State in 7, let alone having to beat any combination of OKC/SA/LAC.

      • buffalowned - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        there is such a thing as “catch fire” because dallas did it 2 years ago. no one in the right mind would have predicted that they would sweep the lakers beat okc in 5 then miami and 6 but they got hot shooting and it carried them to the title. that being said i don’t think denver can win the championship but to say teams can’t get hot in the playoffs is ridiculous. and stop posting your website under your comments

      • nbascreed - Feb 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Logic-FAIL and Basic Understanding of Stats-FAIL @buffalowned

        1. Your circular reasoning of “they caught fire because I said they caught fire” is absured on its face. You can’t use your contention to prove your point dude…sorry. Argumentation doesn’t work like that, even on these boards. It’s entirely possible that they beat LA, OKC and yes MIA because they were a better team.

        2. I won’t dive too deep here because but spend 5-10 minutes on the Law of Large Numbers and then shoot me an email if you’re SERIOUS about understanding my refutation of the concept of “catch fire”. If you just want a whack-a$$ forum board argument (seems like you do) then lets end it here.

      • buffalowned - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        1. i’m not even sure what you just said

        2. you sound like a pretty intelligent guy i’ll be sure to send you an e-mail and visit your promising website…got any rap demo’s i can listen to also?

  2. angulocarlos1 - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    LBJ should be this years MVP. He is is proving the haters that he can play BIG in the 4th quarter. He’s playing like he got the gorrilla off his back. Kevin Durant can win the scoring title again if he wants, LBJ is the best NBA player this year.

  3. thenmoveback - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    LBJ is the MVP! But DWADE I’d the f***ing man!

  4. BigBeachBall - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Kurt Rambis is an idiot

  5. buffalowned - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    As bad as the media will want to give it to durant LBJ is clearly the mvp. The man is shooting over 56%. Unreal

    • pantsfreezone - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Here’s a staggering number. LeBron has scored 155 points on his last 77 shots!?~!

      • drewzducks - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        Kobe would need 155 shots to match that total.

  6. luz56 - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Lakers looked good for 24 mins…..they are in serious trouble. Lebron dominated and proved he is the MVP. Let the debate begin

    • Zammael - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Actually the Lakers looked good for 36 minutes. Then the fourth quarter started.

  7. miamatt - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    When LeBron and D-Wade have it going like this, nobody, but NOBODY can beat Miami.

  8. robones - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    kinda quiet in the lakers camp. If they would have pulled a miracle and come out with a win, this article would have at least 39 comments by now. LBJ is MVP there is no debate. LBJ and Wade, the best tandem offensive force in the league, no doubt about it. GOT HEAT!!! we’ll see whoever the West has to offer int the finals :)

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Fun game today. Lakers played well. Heat played well. Fun crowd.

    Very few sports events are worth the $ they charge. Heat games aren’t cheap, but you walk out of there knowing you’re getting the sport at its highest quality. Worth every penny.

  10. badintent - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Not a Laker fan but Earl Clark is for real. He must and should get more touches.. Has a nice stroke. Has made the most of his opportunity. Betcha his agent’s phone is ringing non stop.

    • dko83 - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:03 AM

      Agreed Bad. Surprised this year was his coming out party under the bright lights and not PHX or ORL. Maybe that’s what he needed. Psyched he’s doing well (biased UofL fan).

      • badintent - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        I see Earl as the next Paul Millsap. His inside /outside game will only get better on another team he gets more touches on.Right now, there are 15 teams that would upgrade for him.

      • dko83 - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:23 AM

        Yep. He’s really athletic too. That sprint down the court and block against Lebron was pretty telling (if you watched that game). He can play both ends. Lakers probably hang onto him. One bright spot for them in a dark season..

  11. soopreme - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    When Lebron had to sit with 3.26 left in the second qtr and the Lakers up four I thought the Lakers had a chance to do something.
    When they went into halftime with the score tied, I new it was over for the Lakers.
    The Heat defense in the fourth qtr was off the chain.
    The help, the steals, it was a beautiful thing to watch.
    We keep talking about the offense but the defense was stifling in the 4th.

  12. omniusprime - Feb 11, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    What the Laker’s loss proves more than anything is that the Lakers have the most pathetic excuse for a coach in the NBA. The other thing it proved was no wonder Dirty Wade scored 30, he had no one guarding him, and by no one I mean Ancient Trash Nash and worthless Steve Flake. As long as the Lakers are plagued by these three losers the Lakers will remian losers.

    We’re now seeing what the team would look like without Pau Gasol and it’s not a pretty sight, only the King of the Kingdom of Fools would want to trade Pau. If Pau is smart he’ll take his time to recover and get surgery if he needs it. This is why small ball is loser ball and Dumbtoni is the biggest loser coach in Laker history, he has an All Star lineup that can’t win.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! Trade Trash Nash!!! Trade Steve Flake!!! Get Well Soon Pau!!!

    • teamobijuan - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Too many nicknames, -1.

      • robones - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        He forgot Fakers and KoMe in his rant! LOLOL!
        Just an FYI: There is no fixing the Lakers at this point. Please just understand, come to grips, come to the realization that Lakers will suck for the next 2-3 years at least.

        Good day from Sunny South Florida =D

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