LeBron James, Strong Defense Power Miami Past Lakers

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LeBron James, Strong Defense Power Miami Past Lakers
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called it the most important play of the road trip. Six cities, 10 days, a few icy locker rooms, records, milestones and it came down this: LeBron James diving headlong on the court for a loose ball. James got to the long rebound before Kobe Bryant, found his feet, raced down the court and found Ray Allen, who hit arguably the biggest basket of the game. In what felt like the most overhyped game ever between a legitimate title contender and a team that is ranked 11th in its conference and struggling just to the make the playoffs, the Heat defeated the Lakers 99-90 on Thursday at Staples Center.

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