L.A. Lakers 98, Miami 83
MIAMI, Feb. 10 (Ticker) --
Playing once again without Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers didn't need any late-game heroics. Shaquille O'Neal
and Derek Fisher
made sure of that.
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O'Neal and Fisher scored 16 straight points for the Lakers in a
game-ending 20-6 run that provided a 98-83 victory over the
struggling Miami Heat.
After Rafer Alston
's three-pointer cut Miami's deficit to 78-77 with
7:13 remaining, Fisher scored the next eight points to give the
Lakers their biggest lead at 86-77. Then O'Neal took over.
The 7-2 center capped the duo's scoring binge with a steal and
thunderous dunk for a 92-83 lead with 1:32 to play. Miami got
"They (The Heat) awoke a sleeping giant out there tonight and it
was just a matter of making a statement and producing," O'Neal
O'Neal scored 25 points and Fisher added a season-high 18 off
the bench for the Lakers, who improved to 4-2 on their
seven-game road trip without Bryant. The superstar guard,
sidelined with a lacerated finger, has not played the last two
game despite eligible to come off the injured list.
"I love playing in the Miami humidity," Fisher said. "Once I
got lathered up, I felt good and it all seemed to be working for
had 17 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Lakers'
reserves outscore the Heat's bench, 43-26.
"We're starting to jell as a team," George said. "I feel like
Derek and I came off the bench and showed what we are capable of
The Heat jumped to an early 14-point lead, but a 15-0 run by the
Lakers bridging the first and second quarters gave them a 24-23
lead, and they never trailed again.
Laker guard Gary Payton
scored eight point during that early run
and finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.
"When Shaq wakes up, we wake up," Payton said. "This road trip
was a big test for us, and we're doing pretty well. We've got
momentum going now and we know what it takes to be successful."
O'Neal began to get hot in the third quarter, scoring 11 of the
Lakers' 17 points.
"Shaquille got rolling in the second half and became the
domiannt player," Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson
said. "We had
a mediocre start, but after that I thought we played 40 minutes
of very good basketball.
Rookie Dwyane Wade
scored 19 points and Lamar Odom
and 11 rebounds for Miami, which has lost five straight games.
The losing streak is the longest since the Heat lost seven
straight to open the season.
Wade has scored in double figures 21 of the last 22 games.
"We gave a pretty good effort for 30 minutes, but we didn't give
the effort for the full 48 and that was the difference," Wade
"The Lakers played as well as I've seen them play in the last
two weeks," Miami coach Stan Van Gundy
Los Angeles swept the season series with Miami for the first
time since the 1999-2000 season.
Heat forward Caron Butler
left the game with 6 1/2 minutes to go
in the third quarter with an injured back after being fouled
hard earlier by Lakers guard Kareem Rush