LeBron and Wade Combine for 62 as Heat Outlasts Lakers 107-97
By: Pedro Heizer (@pedroheizer)
In the last stop of their “Grammy Road trip”, the struggling Lakers looked to get back on track with a win over the defending NBA Champions. The Lakers desperately needed a win as it would build momentum for their second-half of the season playoff run.
That was the case, in the first half at least.
The Lakers came out strong in the first half, after two quarters Miami and Los Angeles were all tied up at 53.
Kobe, who’s been under a lot of heat lately, was once again Kobe, the facilitator, finishing the game with a game-high nine assists to go with his 28 points.
Earl Watson, who kept the Lakers in the game to start, finished with 18 points, and nine rebounds. Dwight Howard and Steve Nash also each scored 15 for the Lakers.
For Miami, the dynamic duo of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James was once again sensational. Wade and James combined for 62 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and six steals. The domination by both players on both ends of the floor was essential for the Heat in a game that was close until the end.
“They have a couple of sensational players over there that made some big plays,” Bryant said.
Wade had five straight points for Miami, the last of them coming with 7:15 left when his three-point play put the Heat up 89-82.
“D-Wade came and he just started cooking in the fourth quarter,” Bryant said. “He started doing what D-Wade does and made sensational play after sensational play.”
Wade’s partner, LeBron James, had a historic night of his own.
The game was James’ fifth straight game with at least 30 points, a franchise record. He also joined Adrian Dantley (1979) and Moses Malone (1982) as the only NBA players to score at least 30 and shoot at least 60 percent in five straight outings.
“Don’t take it for granted,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He’s making greatness look easy.”
Mario Chalmers scored 13 and Chris Bosh finished with a quiet 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Game MVP: LeBron James
This award tonight could have been given to either Wade or James, who both were equally fantastic. However, LeBron made history tonight by setting the Heat franchise record with five straight games with at least 30 points. And as stated earlier, he also joined Adrian Dantley (1979) and Moses Malone (1982) as the only NBA players to score at least 30 and shoot at least 60 percent in five straight outings.
LeBron scored Miami’s last 11 points of the third, all in the final 4:20, and four of those came in the last six seconds.
LeBron finished the night with 32 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Lights Out: Dwyane Wade
Wade finally looks like the Wade of old.
After his knee surgery in July, it looked as if Wade had lost a step or two but these past couple of games it looks like Wade is finally getting his hops back.
Wade finished with 30 points, two rebounds, five assists, and three steals.
Cold Night: Steve Nash and Ray Allen
Yes, Nash had 15 points, I know. But the number that jumps out at me is the two assists he had. Nash is averaging 7.2 assists per game and Kobe Bryant had more assists than him… Something is wrong with this picture.
Allen had only two points, was 0-2 from the three-point line… Cold indeed.