NBA Game Summary - Miami at LA Lakers|
(Wednesday, December 25th)
Final Score: Miami 101, LA Lakers 95
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Perhaps LeBron James was trying to
mimic his two sons.
Dwyane Wade and James teamed up on two phenomenal alley-oops and the Miami
Heat defeated the Kobe Bryant-less Los Angeles Lakers 101-95 on Christmas
Several hours prior during Christmas morning, James posted footage online of
his sons, six-year-old Bryce and nine-year-old Bronny, teaming up for an
alley-oop slam on their Nerf hoop.
He later Instagram'd a message to Los Angeles Clippers stars Blake Griffin and
Chris Paul. "Bronny and Bryce gone hold down Lob City until y'all get back.
Cool? It's like the both of y'all but we gone keep it in our room. Haha,"
Turns out his kids might've provided an inspiration.
The first Wade and James connection came with just under four minutes to go in
the opening frame. Wade threw a no-look pass over his head to a sprinting
James, who emphatically slammed it home with his right hand.
The second dunk was even more extraordinary.
Wade dribbled past a pair of Lakers in transition and tossed a one-handed pass
off the right side of the backboard. James finished the alley-oop by catching
it with his weaker left hand and slamming it through while ducking his head
out of harm's way.
Wade had 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds, while James finished with
19 points and eight boards for Miami, which has won 19 consecutive regular-
season games against Western Conference opponents. The Heat are one win away
from matching the 1973 Boston Celtics' record 20-game winning streak against
Western Conference counterparts.
The Heat have won six in a row overall.
Chris Bosh tallied 23 points and 11 rebounds in the triumph.
This marquee matchup took a hit last week when it was announced Bryant would
be out the next six weeks with a broken bone in his knee. He missed the first
six weeks of the year while recovering from a torn Achilles.
"It's not as special when Kobe's not out there," James said.
Jordan Farmar came back from a 10-game absence due to a left hamstring tear.
His return allowed the Lakers to have a true point guard running the offense
with Steve Blake and Steve Nash still out. Farmar had three points and two
assists in 32 minutes.
Nick Young netted 20 points off the bench to lead LA, which dropped its third
in a row. The Lakers have lost all five games against the Heat on Christmas
"I thought we played really well in spots," Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni
said. "We had a chance to win and didn't."
The game was tied 83-83 with 8:25 left before Miami used a 9-0 spurt to seize
control of the contest.
Wade finished a layup, Norris Cole nailed a right-wing triple, James muscled
in for a layup and Cole knocked down a jumper to cap the flurry and give the
Heat a 92-83 spread with 4:04 to play.
The Lakers never got within less than four the rest of the way.
Earlier, LA led 27-21 after a quarter of play, Bosh went on a personal 10-0
run to vault Miami in front, 46-39, with 3:16 left in the half.
The Heat took a 51-46 cushion into the break.
Young, who had 12 points in the third, nailed a tough step-back 3 over James
during the latter stages of the quarter and the Lakers trailed, 76-74, heading
into the fourth.
The Heat shot 51.2 percent (41-of-80) from the floor ... Pau Gasol had 13
points and 13 boards for Los Angeles ... Miami moved to 17-2 when it scores
over 100 points .. Ray Allen went 4-of-5 from 3-point range and scored 12 for
12/25 21:21:28 ET