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Miami Heat : LeBron James Loves Playing Kobe Bryant
When you’re a team that wants to win the NBA title, now, there is no such thing as a morale victory.
Kobe Bryant may have had a big fourth quarter, but he, and the Los Angeles Lakers, played a bad game of basketball.
LeBron James was too good for the Miami Heat to drop an important road game against such an opponent.
James getting rest in the final quarter the previous night as the Heat were taking care of business against the Warriors meant that he was going to play big minutes against the Lakers.
He finished with 39 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals. Since James and Wade entered the NBA, this kind of stat line has been put up 18 times; 13 of them by Wade and James.
You can’t ask for more from your superstar, but the Heat still needed some clutch shooting from Ray Allen, enjoying James’ vision and ability to run the floor, scoring 7 of his 9 points in the final five minutes of the game, something that reminded everyone of the Heat earlier this season, when they were building up winning streaks of double digit wins.
The Heat ran the floor well, almost too well through the night. They played excellent defense on a team that looked lost offensively too many times; stalled and overthinking things.
The Lakers turned the ball over 20 times, getting outscored 25-0 in transition. The Heat turned the ball over a season-low six times, while outscoring the home team 68-28 in the paint.
So much for Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant improving on defense.