Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:10 AM
(Photo Credit: Andrew Bernstein)
The Miami HEAT took care of business on the road, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 99-90 on the second night of a back-to-back. The win was the HEAT's second straight to close the six-game road trip at 3-3. The HEAT have five days off and return to action next Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors.
Impact Performance of the Night: LeBron James dominated early and late to lead the HEAT to victory over the Lakers. James finished with 39 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals. He shot 17-25 and had at least seven dunks on the night. Defensively, James defended Kobe Bryant down the stretch, locking him down after Bryant hit some quick buckets.
The Deciding Run: Kobe Bryant tied the game up at 90-90 with a three pointer with just 2:32 left on the clock. Dwyane Wade quickly answered with a jumper, which ignited a 9-0 to end the game. Offensively, the HEAT got baskets from Wade, James and Ray Allen. Defensively, the HEAT were able to lock down the Lakers, giving up no easy looks.
Play of the Game: There were numerous big plays down the stretch, but the air show put on by Wade and James in the first quarter is too difficult to ignore. Of the four dunks to start the game, the final one stands out. James stole the inbounds pass, waited until the last minute and rifled a backhanded pass to a cutting Wade. It was a thing of beauty.
Efficiency Rating: Offensive Efficiency: 104.1; Defensive Efficiency: 93.4
Trend to Watch: A couple of jumpers fell for the HEAT late, but before that HEAT shooters were coming up dry. The HEAT’s effort on the defensive end and on the glass were strong enough to make it not matter. The HEAT’s defense has been really disruptive of late and tonight continued the trend. They forced 20 turnovers, including 16 in the first half. The work on the defensive glass against the Lakers big men was exceptional. The HEAT offense has been consistent the entire season. With the rebounding and defense coming around, things should really start to click.
The Takeaway: It’s a great way to finish a road trip. Almost halfway through the season we still aren’t sure where the Lakers are at, but on the second night of a back to back, the HEAT took care of business. They did it in a somewhat unconventional fashion, in that they only hit two threes. Two straight wins is the perfect way to head into a five-day break.
Notes: Dwyane Wade finished with 27 points, five assists and four rebounds. Ray Allen and Norris Cole combined for 15 points off of the bench. Josh Harrellson and Jarvis Varnado were inactive.
Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:01 AM
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:13 AM
Lastly, pls give some min for Mr. Varnado, this lengthy dude has potential.
Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:14 AM
Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:23 AM
Lakers made a very conscious effort to get the ball to Dwight which led to a ridiculous amount of turnovers and he was only able to get off 7 shots. Probably the best display of post entry defense I have seen.
Well, you see, many of those "passes" came from Kobe...he's just not very good at it. xD
Posted 18 January 2013 - 12:20 PM
Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:27 PM
..but nobody cares what crazy ol' Dan Majerle thinks
Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:05 PM
- Saw the Heat lose to the Nets at the O2 Arena in London during the 2008 NBA Europe Live Tour (top 3 night of my life)
- Saw Lebron James play Argentina as part of the "new" Dream Team during the London 2012 Olympics
Heat fan: Verb - To turn up halfway through the first quarter of a basketball game and leave halfway through the fourth. "I think I'm going to Heat fan tonight."
Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:52 PM
and we still won..
That almost ooks like my shot selection in NBA 2k13, majority of the points coming under the rim
Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:01 PM
Introducing the new Miami Heat shot clock. Now with 1% less cheese.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:46 AM
Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:49 PM
We are lucky to have ray allen on this team.
I saw the game twice on nfl network replay i just cant stay till 2 oclock in the morning and then get up at 6 to work.
MIAMI HEAT 2006 - 2012 - 2013 NBA CHAMPS.............