Bryant and Lakers hold off Heat
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant survived an off night, gutting
out 25 points on 11-of-24 shooting and adding eight assists, and the LA Lakers
held off the Miami Heat, 124-118, in overtime.
Brian Cook scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for LA, which had dropped
two of three entering the game. Smush Parker scored 17 points, Maurice Evans
scored 12, and Andrew Bynum and Vladimir Radmanovic contributed 11 points
apiece as the Lakers won with a true team effort.
Dwyane Wade scored 35 points to lead the Heat, who had a four-game winning
streak snapped. Udonis Haslem scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds,
James Posey scored 16, and Antoine Walker added 13 points for Miami.
With the Heat trailing 121-118 in the extra session, Wade drove the lane and
tried to get a pass off to the corner, but Parker stepped in front for the
steal. Parker was immediately fouled, and hit two free throws with 16.1
seconds left in overtime that sealed the game, putting the Lakers up 123-118
as the team held on for the win.
LA led 108-101 late in regulation, but Miami scored seven straight, tying the
game at 108-108 on a Jason Kapono trey with 1:58 left. A Bryant jumper gave LA
a 110-108 lead, but Haslem threw down a dunk with 22.5 seconds left to tie the
game at 110-110, and Bryant couldn’t get a shot off on LA’s final possession,
sending the game to overtime.
Miami erased a nine-point deficit late in the third quarter, scoring 11
straight, with a Walker three putting the Heat up 87-85 with 23 seconds left.
Radmanovic hit a trey in the final seconds of the quarter, though, and the
Lakers regained the lead, 88-87, entering the final quarter.
The Lakers led 33-29 after one quarter of play, and maintained a slim 61-59
advantage at halftime.
LA shot 56 percent from behind the arc, sinking 14-of-25 three-pointers
attempted…Miami had won four of the last five meetings in the series,
including a 101-85 win over the Lakers in Miami on Christmas Day…Miami has
lost four of five at LA…LA improved to 18-4 at home this season.