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Heat 101, Lakers 85

Heat 101, Lakers 85

Dwyane Wade dismissed all pregame suggestions that his Christmas Day would be spent in a 1-on-1 showdown against Kobe Bryant.
Instead, Wade turned the matchup of two of the NBA's best scorers into a most one-sided battle.
Wade scored 40 points, added 11 assists and led Miami to a 101-85 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday _ the third straight Christmas win for the Heat in the series. He made 12 of 20 shots from the floor, 15 of 16 from the line, and got a huge ovation when leaving with 57.9 seconds remaining.
"Makes it great, man, makes it great," Wade said. "To be playing on Christmas is great. ... And we can go home and continue enjoying Christmas Day knowing that you played an unbelievable game, knowing that your team played well and that you got a win. Ain't too many things better than that."
Jason Kapono had 11 points and Dorell Wright added 10 for the Heat, who won for the fourth time in five games.
Bryant, who entered the game as the sixth-leading scorer in the league at 27.8 points per game, never got rolling. He missed his first six shots, finished 4-of-17 from the floor and with 16 points _ one over his season-low.
Ronny Turiaf had 13 points and Luke Walton added 10 for the Lakers, whose two-game winning streak was snapped.
This Christmas meeting lacked the hype of the previous two, where the reunions of teammates-turned-rivals Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal created no shortage of interesting storylines.
But the feud between the two thawed last year, and O'Neal wasn't even part of this game. The Heat center _ who's appeared in only four games this season _ missed his 21st consecutive contest as he continues to recover from knee surgery.
Meanwhile, O'Neal's team continues to recover from a horrid start to the year. Miami has now won a season-best four straight at home and is back to within a game of .500 at 13-14 _ looking nothing like the team that lost six of seven in one stretch earlier this year.
The Heat led 30-16 after one quarter, with the two superstars having decidedly different fortunes in the early going. Wade had 12 points, five assists and three blocks in the period, while Bryant was 0-for-6 from the floor with as many turnovers (2) as points.


Updated : 2021-04-20 16:41 GMT+08:00