Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Miami Heat 107-97 in the final game of the team's annual Grammy roadtrip on Sunday afternoon.
The loss sends the Lakers to a mark of 24-28, and 4-3 on the road trip, one in which Mike D'Antoni's squad mustered only one victory over a team with a winning record (Brooklyn).
After two quarters of play the Heat and Lakers were deadlocked at 53, but the Heat outscored the Lakers by five points in both the third and fourth quarters and pulled away thanks to the astounding efforts of James and Wade.
As for the Lakers, Kobe Bryant was his usual, steady self, posting a line of 28 points, nine assists and six rebounds in 37 minutes of work.
Steve Nash and Dwight Howard each managed to score 15 points, but neither found much success scoring the ball in the second half.
One reason the Lakers were unable to compete in the game's closing stages was their inability to rebound.
Miami out-rebounded the Lakers by a mark of 38-29, which is quite concerning when you consider that the Heat entered Sunday's matchup as the league's worst rebounding team.
The Lakers also turned the ball over 14 times compared to just 11 for Miami, and managed just 16 assists on 35 made field goals.
Keep it locked on Bleacher Report for postgame coverage of all things Heat-Lakers.
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Everyone should have their "did Kevin Durant have the best non-MVP season in history" column ready for June. LeBron. Holy cow.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) February 10, 2013
Lakers had as many turnovers (8) as baskets in 4th quarter of loss to Heat— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 10, 2013
Two separate, but fascinating notes. The first from Grantland's Zach Lowe and the second a statistical tidbit from ESPN Stats & Info regarding the game's fourth quarter.
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D'Antoni: "They set the bar, and now we know where we need to get. This is good for us."— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) February 10, 2013
As postgame quotes roll in, here's one way to look at things if you're a Laker fan.
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The efforts of Earl Clark should not go unheralded, as Pau Gasol's replacement scored 18 points and grabbed nine boards in a team-high 42 minutes.
LALfall to 1-2 since @paugasol went out (plantar fascia tear). They went 4-3 on the Grammy trip, hurt by that blown 4th Q lead at PHO.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) February 10, 2013
It's abundantly clear that D'Antoni loves this guy.
Final Box Scores from Heat vs. Lakers
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The Miami Heat ran away with this one in the fourth quarter behind strong performances from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
The dynamic duo combined for 62 points, with LeBron pouring in a game-high 32 and Wade chipping in with a nice 30 of his own.
LeBron (32 points on Sunday) is now 49 of his last 65. That's 75 percent.— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) February 10, 2013
Kobe Bryant tried to get it done for the Lakers in the fourth quarter, but he simply couldn't do it alone. Bryant finishes with 28 points, nine assists and six rebounds, easily the most complete performance of any Laker.
Dwight Howard and Steve Nash each finished with 15 points, but neither made a profound impact in the second half.
MIA 106, LAL 95 - 23 seconds remaining in 4th quarter: Dwyane Wade reminds everyone that he's still awesome, part two.
My goodness, what a flourish from the Heat down the stretch.
MIA 102, LAL 90 - 1:30 remaining in 4th quarter: This run from the Heat just felt inevitable. Wade sparked it at the beginning of the fourth quarter, and LeBron just simply took over once he re-entered the game with a shade over 7 minutes left.
It's really hard to make a case against Kevin Durant as the MVP this year, but man, LeBron is showing why he deserves it every bit as much as his Western Conference counterpart does.
MIA 97, LAL 88 - 3:22 remaining in 4th quarter: You know how Kobe has that jutted-out-chin-thing he does when he's in the zone?
LeBron's look after throwing down another big slam against the Lakers twitter.com/BleacherReport…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 10, 2013
Well LeBron has a version of that, and it's basically of a look that says, "Yeah, I just did that."
A LeBron dunk makes him first Heat player ever witgh 30 in five games in a row.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) February 10, 2013
MIA 97, LAL 88 - 3:22 remaining in 4th quarter: LeBron also made a bit of history with that last dunk.
MIA 97, LAL 88 - 3:22 remaining in 4th quarter: Oh, you know, just another casual LeBron James transition slam that rips a hole in the space time continuum.
SOUL CRUSHING DAGGER-ESQUE LEBRON SMASH— Dime Smash! (@DimeSmash) February 10, 2013
LeBron is also over 30 points on the day. He's 11-of-17 from the field.
MIA 93, LAL 88 - 3:56 remaining in 4th quarter: OK, if you weren't scared of Kobe Bryant in the clutch before, be scared now.
Kobe had been sucking blood of hand wound for minutes, finally getting patched up. Kobe has previously said the taste of blood fires him up.— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) February 10, 2013
Seriously? Is this real?
MIA 93, LAL 86 - 4:12 remaining in 4th quarter: Not that it's going to happen again, but just to refresh your memory, here's Kobe hitting that absurd game-winner against the Miami Heat in December of 2009.
MIA 91, LAL 84 - 4:45 remaining in 4th quarter: Jesus Shuttlesworth misses three-pointers on consecutive trips down the floor, leaving the door open for the Lakers.
It appears as if the Lakers may need a little Kobe magic to pull this one out.
MIA 91, LAL 84 - 5:56 remaining in 4th quarter: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne makes a great point here.
Steve Nash is going to be in way too many posters this yr bc he's the only Laker who bothers to contest all the fast breaks they give up— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 10, 2013
The Lakers' biggest problem all year has been their inability to get back and play transition D, and we've seen it plague them a few times here.
Steve Nash, the only guy who's really giving it his all on both ends.
MIA 91, LAL 84 - 5:56 remaining in 4th quarter: So Earl Clark had his fun with a monster swat on LeBron, but LeBron can still fly, and he caps off a fastbreak with a sledgehammer slam off of the feed from Norris Cole.
COLE TO LEBRON DEATH MACHINE POWER-SMASH— Dime Smash! (@DimeSmash) February 10, 2013
It's a shame LeBron isn't gracing the Slam Dunk Contest with his presence this year.
MIA 89, LAL 82 - 7:15 remaining in 4th quarter: Miami with their largest lead today, and now LeBron is back in.
Wade bridged this game back to LeBron's re-entrance. MIami up 6.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) February 10, 2013
The Lakers' compliment of stars are back as well, and should be hanging around for the remainder of the day.
Credit Wade with putting the team on his back there.
MIA 86, LAL 82 - 8:00 remaining in 4th quarter: Dwyane Wade has paced the Heat quite nicely over the first few minutes of the fourth, and he's up to 20 points on the day.
MIA 84, LAL 81 - 8:19 remaining in Q4: It's still perplexing as to why the Lakers aren't running much pick-and-roll action with Dwight Howard going up against Joel Anthony.
Since this game is being played almost exclusively in the halfcourt, the Lakers need to take advantage of their size.
And rebound. They're being out-rebounded 33-22 by Miami thus far.
MIA 80, LAL 78 - 10:00 remaining in 4th quarter: So what exactly constitutes the "act of shooting" anymore?
LeBron, as Jeff van Gundy so astutely points out, was clearly in the act, but the fact that he was at half court seems to negate that.
MIA 78, LAL 75 - 11:20 remaining in 4th quarter: Dwight Howard with a big-time post move on Joel Anthony there.
That has to become more of a constant in the Laker offense.
MIA 78, LAL 73 - End of 3rd quarter
LeBron James caps off a strong quarter for Miami with several clutch buckets, including a big three as time was ticking down.
James leads the Heat with 23 points (9-of-12 shooting), six rebounds and three assists.
Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have combined for 26 points, while Mario Chalmers has quietly contributed 11 points of his own.
Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers with 20 points (9-of-16 shooting), while Steve Nash (15 points), Dwight Howard (10 points) and Earl Clark (13 points) are all in double-figures.
Metta World Peace is the only Laker starter not in double-figures.
MIA 74, LAL 71 - 44.1 seconds remaining in 3rd quarter: In case you needed to be reminded, no one can stop LeBron's dribble-drive when he has a head of steam.
Awful foul by MWP, too. Once he's by you, just let him have it.
MIA 71, LAL 70 - 2:27 remaining in 3rd quarter: Kobe is getting it done with a plethora of difficult shots today, including some awfully impressive left-handed hooks.
For more on Kobe's arsenal of shots, see the link below.
MIA 71, LAL 68 - 3:02 remaining in 3rd quarter: Should we credit Metta World Peace's strong defense for LeBron only taking 9 shots to this point, or should we just chalk it up to a more conservative approach?
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