LeBron James and the Heat may have complained a little about not only playing on Christmas but playing away from their home in Miami, but they got the job done on the road against a prideful Lakers squad. It was the closest game of the day up to that point, but the Heat did squeak it out 101-95.
James has been extremely efficient this season as he nears 60 percent shooting, but his buddies in Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh shot pretty well in this game as well. James scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, Wade tallied 23 points on 11-17 shooting, and Bosh had 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting. Ray Allen also tagged along with 12 points (all threes) on 4-for-5 shooting off the bench.
Nick Young kept L.A. in it with some impressive shots over LeBron, but his 20 points just weren’t enough.
There’s really nothing to say about Miami after this game, but there is something to say about Los Angeles. Despite being without Kobe Bryant, this young Lakers team is still playing and competing under Mike D’Antoni. The team seems more relaxed and is having fun; you don’t see that in these other struggling teams around the league. This Lakers team is trying to have fun, stay positive, and keep their heads up despite being a few games under .500, and that’s what’s going to keep them in the playoff race until Kobe returns. You can’t just go out on the court, wallow around, and just find yourself in the playoffs in April. It doesn’t work that way.
As long as the Lakers keep their heads up and continue playing inspired basketball they could be in a good situation when Bryant returns.