After a 9-game winning streak where Miami looked unbeatable, the Heat are now are on a 2-game losing streak. LeBron led the way for the Heat with 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists. Wade chipped in with 16 points, but he fouled out with 5:14 left in the 4th quarter. Miami couldn’t stop Kobe and really missed Chris Bosh.
Kobe opened up the game by scoring 18 first quarter points. He shot 8-10 and really stuck it to the Heat. Andrew Bynum continued his All-Star form and had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Pau Gasol had 11 and 10 for L.A., and Metta World Peace had his best game of the season with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals. Steve Blake also came in the game and dished out 6 assists. The Lakers size and great shooting night really sunk the Heat.
Miami had its’ second lowest point output of the season and the Lakers outshot and outrebounded them. Miami shot a dismal 37.5% to the Lakers’ 49.3% and got outrebounded 44-35. Mario Chalmers had a big game for Miami with 15 points and also committed no turnovers. Udonis Haslem played terribly, after getting the starting nod, with 0 points on 0-5 shooting and only 2 rebounds. Also, Shane Battier went cold tonight with 7 points on 3-11 shooting. Miami really missed Chris Bosh’s jumper and rebounding.
This loss is no reason for concern and Los Angeles had everything working to their advantage. First of all, Kobe was playing harder than ever to show he was the best in the NBA. Second of all, Chris Bosh was out. Third of all, the Lakers were at home and the Heat were on their third game of a 3 game road trip. Miami made some bad shot decisions and couldn’t rebound, which ultimately lost them the game, but they were missing a key piece of the equation.
The Heat no longer have the best record in the league, or in the Eastern Conference for that matter, and are not playing to their full-capacity. Whether it be not rebounding or dumb decisions, the Heat just need to pick it up. Losing 2 games in a row is not a big deal, but then when it becomes 3, people start to criticize. Hopefully the Heat pick it up next game and get back on a winning track.