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 win 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,