The Heat defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 109-102, to improve their record to 31-12 on the season.
For the Heat, Chris Bosh scored a game-high 31 points, to go along with six rebounds. LeBron James added 27 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole scored 11 points each.
For the Lakers, Pau Gasol scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Jodie Meeks also added 22 points. Nick Young contributed 19 points off the bench.
Even though the Heat got the win, this was a pretty uneven game by their standards. On one hand, they shot 57% from the field and were able to grab 48 rebounds. On the other hand, they only shot 47% from the free throw line, and committed 18 turnovers. As the 48 rebounds can attest to, the Heat came out very aggressive on the glass, a pleasant change from the norm.
This may have been the best game for Bosh and James together in the absence of Dwyane Wade, who sat out his 4th consecutive game as part of his “Maintenance Program”. The two really worked well together, Bosh doing most of his damage from the outside and LeBron doing his on the drive. It was a good enough combination to get the win tonight.
The Heat’s next game is Sunday, when the San Antonio Spurs (32-10) come to the American Airlines Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 pm.