With Dwayne Wade missing his fourth straight game, Chris Bosh scored 31 points and LeBron James added 27 points as the host Miami Heat defeated the pesky Los Angeles Lakers, 109-102 on Thursday night AmericanAirlines Arena.
James also had 13 rebounds, six assists while Bosh also managed to grab six rebounds. Bosh made 15 of 22 field goals and was virtually unstoppable on the offensive end of the floor.
“They (Miami) are probably battling complacency,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni told the Associated Press after the game. “But all that really matters is winning championships. That’s their problem. We’re just trying to win a game, two different teams on two different tracks.”
The game was reminiscent of their season thus far. The Lakers kept it within 10 points for most of the game, but could never get closer than four points. They played hard and gave a great effort, but they were just overmatched by a better team without one of their big three players.
Miami made 57.7% of their field goals (45 of 78 shots) and LA was unable to slow down the the Heat. The Lakers made 45.5% (40 of 88). The Heat also outrebounded LA, 48-35.
Pau Gasol continued his stellar play the last few weeks with another big game. He scored 22 points (on nine-of-15 shooting), grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out four assists and registered three blocks, Jodie Meeks pumped in 22 points, sixth man Nick Young added 19 points and had three steals.
For Miami, Mario Chalmers added 11 points, three rebounds and three assists, Norris Cole added 11 points and five assists, and Ray Allen added 10 points and four rebounds.
Wade sat out another game in order to give his knees some rest. Last year, they were 12-2 without him. However, this year they improved to just 7-6 without Wade who is averaging 18.9 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game, 4.7 assists per game and 1.8 steals per game.
The Lakers dropped to 16-27 and 8-16 on the road while the Heat improved to 31-12 and 18-3 at home.
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