On Christmas Day, after months of eager anticipation and a lot of media hype heading into the big showdown between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers, the two-time NBA champions put up a stinker on national television.
Fortunately for the Lakers, that game was just a regular season game and not Game 7 of the NBA Finals. June is still a long way from now and they're more than familiar with blowouts on Christmas (see Cavs vs. Lakers last season).
The Miami Heat put their big three on display and played tremendous defense along the day, en route to locking down Kobe Bryant and securing a big win to propel them to their 14th win in a row.
One of the biggest highlights of the game came when Dwyane Wade setup Chris Bosh for an emphatic dunk, near the halfway point of the first quarter. This big play set the tone for a Miami Heat domination for the rest of the game.
D-Wade drew three defenders as he drove in towards the basket, freeing up Bosh. Wade then threw the ball to the wide open big man for a tremendous slam dunk. The lanky lefty dropped it down for an easy score, it was his second field goal of the game.
Bosh finished with 24 points going 11-for-17 from the field with 13 rebounds. LeBron James managed to rack up a triple double with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists while Wade chipped in 18 points.
For the Heat it was a great way to pump up their entire team. Miami finished the first quarter leading 20-14 and dominated the rest of the game against the Lakers.
Kobe Bryant had a poor night shooting, going 6-for-16 from the field for only 17 points. Pau Gasol also had similar results going 8-for-17, grabbing only 8 rebounds.
The final score was Miami 96, Los Angeles 80.