The Heat emerged from Staples Center with a 99-90 victory to improve to one game above .500 on the road and 26-12 overall. They've won two straight now, while the L.A. Lakers drop to 17-22 on the season, only further jeopardizing their playoff hopes in the tough Western Conference.
The Heat used a torrent third quarter to pull away after trailing by one at the half. The Heat outscored the Lakers 29-20 in the third period. LeBron scored 21 of his game-high 39 points in the second half, while teammate Dwyane Wade contributed 27 points, 14 of which came in the second half.
It was enough to hold off a surging Kobe Bryant, who saved his best for the fourth quarter, hitting four straight shots at one point, including a late three to tie the game at 90-90. But the Lakers did not score from that point onwards.
Let's have a look at tonight's post-game grades for the Heat and Lakers.