Monday , Dec , 25 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade had a spectacular Christmas
afternoon, scoring 40 points, dishing out 11 assists and tying a career-high
with four blocked shots, as the Heat rolled to a 101-85 over the Los Angeles
Lakers. Wade, who also had four steals, went 12-of-20 from the field and
missed just one of his 16 free throws, as Miami won for the fourth time in
five games. Jason Kapono added 11 points and Dorell Wright 10 for the Heat,
who dominated on the boards by a 45-31 count. It was the first time this
season the Heat have beat a team with a winning record (1-9). Kobe Bryant
was limited to 16 points for the Lakers, who had a two-game winning
streak broken. It was his lowest point total since his second game of the
season when he had 15 November 5 at Seattle. He went 4-of-17 from the
floor and missed all four of his shots beyond the arc. Ronny Turiaf tallied 13
points and seven rebounds, while Luke Walton scored 10 for Los Angeles,
which shot 39.2 percent from the field. That included a 5-of-23 clip from
three-point range. Even though a pair of legendary NBA coaches faced each
other in the Lakers’ Phil Jackson and Miami’s Pat Riley, the game was
without some of its luster due to injuries to Lakers forward Lamar Odom and
Heat center Shaquille O’Neal,