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HEAT 99 - Lakers 90 Game Recap and Infographic

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(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.

Infographic

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Highlights

http://www.nba.com/video/games/lakers/2013/01/17/0021200583-mia-lal-recap.nba

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Heat Boys™    389

I think that Batman and Robin Duo are now clicking since Golden State win, that duo will destroy most of the teams by now, just hoping to see some more work from Bosh and some consistency from our 3 point shooters.

Lastly, pls give some min for Mr. Varnado, this lengthy dude has potential.

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Wuchuhurd    693

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.

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mrwormburn    258

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

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stephenk24    10

I wish I could have seen this game. No TV coverage and it started at 3:30am... I can't complain though I did get to see live NBA last night, even though the Knicks did dominate...

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heatchamp45    70

we have to give credit to the big three for winning this game especially wade and bron but a lot of credit goes to ray allen he had some great buckets late in the game.

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.

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