It seemed as though Dwight Howard found a rhythm from the free throw line early in the game. He started off 4-of-5 from the line, then went 1-of-8 the rest of the way.
This included an embarrassing air-balled free throw followed by another miss with 1:51 to go. At the time, Miami was only up by two.
The rest of the team went 13-of-15, so that's good news. Howard's free throw-shooting ability, or lack thereof, is the problem.
On average, Los Angeles makes 69.1 percent of its free throws, second worst in the league. Factor Howard out of that statistic, and the Lakers are shooting 78.1 percent (586-of-760), which would be eighth best in the league.
One issue to consider is that the game might not have been that close. In actuality, the Lakers need to have a comfortable lead in the fourth quarter to close out games. If they had led Miami in the closing minutes of the game, hack-a-Dwight might have been employed, and with the way Howard was shooting late in the game, Miami could've still pulled off the win.