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Kobe scores 33, Lakers beat Wade's Heat 93-83

By GREG BEACHAM


Posted Mar 04 2012 3:38PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 33 points in his third straight stellar performance since Dwyane Wade broke his nose in the All-Star game, and Wade managed just 16 points before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' 93-83 victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday.

Metta World Peace scored 17 points while leading a solid defensive effort for the Lakers, who have won 17 of their last 18 home games. Andrew Bynum had 16 points and 13 rebounds as Los Angeles never trailed in the final 44 minutes against Miami, snapping a four-game skid in Bryant's head-to-head matchups with Wade's Heat.

LeBron James had 25 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Heat, who lost on the final two stops of their three-game trip after nine consecutive victories. Only Mike Miller's jumper with 21.4 seconds left saved Miami from its lowest-scoring performance of the season.

Just one week after Wade gave Bryant a concussion with a hard foul in the All-Star game, Bryant scored 18 points in a dynamic first quarter while wearing a clear plastic mask over his still-tender nose. He added just enough big baskets in the second half to keep the Lakers ahead, finishing with his third straight 30-point game as the Masked Mamba.

Wade scored 16 points on 7-for-17 shooting before fouling out with 5:14 to play, committing three fouls in rapid succession for an early end to a rough day. Wade and James were both out of sync, as evidenced by their combined 2-for-5 performance at the free-throw line.

Pau Gasol had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who have won eight of 10 to challenge the Clippers atop the Pacific Division.

Mario Chalmers scored 15 for the Heat, who played their third straight game without Chris Bosh after the All-Star forward attended his grandmother's funeral on Saturday. Miami beat the Lakers in their first meeting of the season six weeks ago even with James battling the flu and Wade sitting out with a sprained ankle.

Although the Staples Center crowd roundly booed Wade during pregame introductions and the first few times he touched the ball, Wade apologized profusely after the All-Star game to Bryant, his fellow U.S. Olympian. Bryant insisted he bore no grudge, saying Wade would never injure him on purpose.

Bryant then played the first quarter with a fire that sure appeared to be motivated by something even bigger than an elite opponent and a national television audience.

Driving to the hoop and hitting fallaway jumpers with equal grace, Bryant went 8 for 10 and earned a handful of standing ovations while leading Los Angeles to a 10-point lead.

Bryant didn't make a shot in the second quarter, but the Lakers expanded their lead with Bynum's stellar inside play and help from rookie Andrew Goudelock, who made two 3-pointers, and World Peace, who scored eight points and played solid defense on James.

James made just one shot in the second and Los Angeles led 50-38 at the break. The Heat surpassed their lowest-scoring half of the season by just one point after making only three shots in the final 7:46.

Miami controlled the third quarter behind James, who guarded everybody from Gasol to point guard Steve Blake depending on the Heat's needs. But when James slightly shoved Troy Murphy in frustration after missing a layup at the third-quarter buzzer, Gasol stepped in to challenge James, earning matching technical fouls before officials and World Peace restored order.

Los Angeles nursed its lead through the final period, and the Staples Center crowd gave a standing ovation after Wade committed three fouls in less than three minutes. He picked up his sixth when he foolishly tried to reach over the 7-foot Bynum's back to stop an alley-oop pass.

James appeared to injure his left foot with 1:05 to play when he stepped out of bounds and landed awkwardly on the foot of a fan sitting courtside, but he returned to the game after a timeout.

NOTES: Before the game, coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed Bosh won't rejoin the Heat until they return to Miami for Tuesday's visit from New Jersey. Without the 6-foot-11 All-Star, the Heat's starting lineup featured nobody taller than 6-foot-9 Joel Anthony to defend Los Angeles' two 7-footers. ... Bryant set the NBA record for points scored at one arena on Friday night in Staples Center, surpassing Hakeem Olajuwon's 13,783 points at the Houston Rockets' Compaq Center. ... Fans near courtside included Denzel Washington, Lil Wayne, David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Terry Crews, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, KISS guitarist Paul Stanley and Jets QB Mark Sanchez.


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Points Bryant 33, 14-23 FG
Rebounds Bynum 13, 3 OFF 10 DEF
Assists Blake 6
Steals World Peace 4
Blocks Bynum 4


POSTGAME QUOTES



Mike Brown:

Lakers coach Mike Brown’s opening statement:

“It was a good, physical, hard fought win. I thought both teams played a good physical game of basketball today and it showed. I liked the way we played defense and the 37.5% from the field and the 83 points. We knew going in to the game that this was a big time transition team, if not the best in the league, and our guys did a nice job of getting back the transition and not allowing them to get any easy baskets. They had a few, but to “hold” these guys to 17 pass break points, sometimes you have to accept that.”

Lakers coach Mike Brown on the team’s performance:

“We had key performances from a lot of guys. In the second half, I thought that offensively we got stagnant but our defense saved us until we were ready to get some ball movement, some body movement, and get some great looks.”

Lakers coach Mike Brown on Metta World Peace:

“His defense was very good and we tried to match him minute for minute with LeBron [James] in the second half but 17-7 with three assists and one turnover and four steals, what a stat night. He’s been playing better and better and it’s showed with the wins that we’ve had.”

Lakers coach Mike Brown on Kobe Bryant’s game:

“Kobe continues to be efficient night in and night out. But I thought that not only was he efficient on the offensive end of the floor but I thought defensively he was very good too. He was a presence defensively, whether it was out on the perimeter or the post, no matter who he guarded.”




Kobe Bryant:

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on the win:

“We did extremely well. We matched their physicality and their energy which was a problem for us in Miami.”

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on Chris Bosh not playing tonight:

“He’s a huge part of their team. He can go outside, he can go inside, and he poses problems on the defensive end.”

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on playing against one of the NBA’s top teams:

“It’s fun to compete against the best. It’s always enjoyable. They pose so many problems on the offensive end and the defensive end it’s always a fun matchup.”

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on the progress of the team:

“It’s just about understanding what your strengths are then playing to that. The testament to any championship team is to understand what your weaknesses are and protect those, then understand what your strengths are and playing to those. I feel like we’re starting to figure out how to support each other in that department.”




Pau Gasol:

Lakers’ Pau Gasol on the win:

“Obviously a great overall win. We fought all the way and beat a good team. They had an important player missing but I think we did a great job battling the whole game and controlling the game against a top opponent.”

Lakers’ Pau Gasol on the magnitude of today’s game:

“This game was important no matter what, against a team that has been has been successful against us the last few times. It was a game we wanted to win and we wanted to build on what we were doing. We lost by almost 20 points down in Miami, and we just wanted to come out and make sure we protected our home court and improve our record.”

Lakers’ Pau Gasol on Metta World Peace:

“He makes a big difference. He was great on both ends of the floor, and really contributes in a big way. I’m happy to see him do that for us because he can be a difference maker.”

Lakers’ Pau Gasol on what the team needs to do in order to win games:

“With our system we need to control games, make sure we execute offensively, and not turn it over too much allowing the opponent to get run-outs and easy points. It was the type of game that we wanted to play and we got a ‘W.’"

Lakers’ Pau Gasol on Kobe Bryant:

“He is stepping up and playing huge night after night. The last three games have been outstanding and he’s been carrying the load offensively, being effective, an shooting a high percentage.”




Andrew Bynum:

Lakers’ Andrew Bynum on the Lakers’ offense tonight:

“That second unit was going out there and getting buckets. We’re creating leads, coming out there and protecting them and actually, coming out and giving them back with the starters so we got to keep the ball moving and make teams pay.”

Lakers’ Andrew Bynum on the importance of the next few games:

“We’re playing better right now. We got a road trip ahead of us that I think if we get all those three games, come back and beat Boston… that’s our goal. These next four are big for us.”




Metta World Peace:

Lakers’ Metta World Peace on whether the Lakers are a championship caliber team:

“I always thought we are as good as anybody. When you’re playing on a team, all you have is each other. You have to trust each other no matter if it’s going good or bad. When you’re playing with Fish and Kobe, they always know that they have a shot to win and if we do the right thing we will win. I don’t determine how good we are based on how we’re playing.”

Lakers’ Metta World Peace on his play tonight compared to the rest of the season:

“I been feeling good for a while no but I started out so bad that when I started to feel good, I didn’t want to jump in 13 games ago and just start to attack and shoot. It wouldn’t have looked right. I just let it happen.”




Erik Spoelstra:

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on today’s game:

“The Lakers set the tone for the game and we couldn’t quite get over that hump from that first initial five man burst that came out with a great deal of energy. Bryant set the tone, he was very efficient to start, very aggressive and from that point we were just playing catch up the entire game. And we didn’t particularly play well consistently, particularly on the offensive end. We weren’t as efficient as we normally are. But, you have to give them credit, they’ve improved defensively and they did a good job pounding and continuing to use their size at the rim. They really impacted and imposed their will under the rim. We’ll take this road trip as it is. We know we’re much better than the last two games and we’ll move on, get rested and get ready for Tuesday night.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on having to climb back in their last five games:

“No question about it, especially on this road trip, three straight games we’ve had to call the first timeout and that hasn’t been us for a few weeks. So, we’ll address that, we’ll work to take steps to improve.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on not having Chris Bosh with the team:

“We’re a no excuses team, this is a no excuse season. We feel we have an up, we feel very good about our depth, no question about it, Chris Bosh is a major component to what we do on both ends of the court. That’s why we don’t listen to anybody when they talk about Chris’s importance or value. He’s one of the very best players in this league, but more importantly he has a great impact on how we play and he settles us. He’s very even. But, there’s no excuses about it…”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on leaving Dwayne Wade in after a series of consecutive fouls:

“I wouldn’t have done it any different. I thought about taking him out, but we still weren’t striking distance away, it was still about an eight or nine point game, so I left him out there. He caught a couple of tough breaks. I thought that was a great effort he had on that loose ball at the rim...”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on their defensive strategy on Kobe Bryant:

“To try to get up and into him, to make his looks tough. But, he came out very aggressive at the start. And he was able to get some easy ones early on that got him into a rhythm. You could see that his mindset was to be aggressive in the second half. You know, some of those shots he makes you can’t defend better than our team did. He’s a shot maker. He made some tough ones there at the end of the clock.”




LeBron James:

Heat forward LeBron James on Chris Bosh’s absence the last two games:

“We all know Chris is a big part of our team and guys have to step up in his absence, but we could have definitely used him the last two games. But we gave ourselves a chance to win in Utah. Tonight was a little bit different. They played exceptionally well and they were able to come away with another win on their home floor.”

Heat forward LeBron James on team battling back from big deficits and if there’s any reason:

“I don’t think so. Some of the games, we’re just not coming out and shooting the ball particularly well. We’re getting stops, but we’re not making a lot of shots offensively.”

Heat forward LeBron James on shaking off the last couple losses:

“We played hard and we gave everything we had. When you do that, you can --- I don’t want to say feel good --- but you can be satisfied with that one and just try to get better.”

Heat forward LeBron James on whether today’s loss is concerning:

“That’s a good team. That’s a really good team. They’re 16-2 at home for a reason. They’re one of the best teams in the league at home.”

Heat forward LeBron James on his thoughts regarding Kobe’s performance in the first quarter:

“He’s a scorer. He’s a great scorer. He’s one of the best of all time and he got it going.”

Heat forward LeBron James what he said to Dwyane Wade after he fouled out:

“There’s nothing that you can say to him. If he’s fouled out, you know he wants to be on the court in the final minutes, so guys tried to pick it up offensively in his absence. We made a good push, but it wasn’t enough.”




Shane Battier:

Heat forward Shane Battier on guarding Kobe Bryant:

“You’re playing him within the confines of the team defense. I can’t just go out there and force him left because I want him to go left. It’s playing within the confines of the team defense. At certain times in the game, though, it’s going to be [one-on-one] and you just have to tasy in front of him and make him hit a tough shot.”

Heat forward Shane Battier on how the team adjusted to Kobe in the second half:

“I think we made him work. He had some easy buckets in the first half and got into a nice rhythm. I thought we did a much better job of making him work in the second half.”

Heat forward Shane Battier on whether this loss affects team’s confidence:

“No, we came out on this trip and played three of the best home teams in the Western Conference. We knew they were going to be tough games and we just didn’t play very well. But we’ve been playing great over the last month, so there’s no reason why we can’t recapture that when we get home.”




Udonis Haslem:

Heat forward Udonis Haslem on team losing the rebounding edge the last two games and if missing Chris Bosh had a large part in it:

“You’re not going to win the rebounding battle every night, so these last two games were games where we just weren’t able to win the rebounding battle.”

Heat forward Udonis Haslem on whether his missed shot against Utah affected him today:

“I don’t put pressure on myself. If I was depended on to score, then I’d be getting 20 shots. I’m not depended on to score. I’m depended on making them when I get them, but it’s not for me to go out and try to score 20. When I get my four or five shots, I try to make them. My main mindset is defending and rebounding. If the shots fall, they fall. If not, I still have to defend and rebound.”

Heat forward Udonis Haslem on defending the Lakers’ big men tonight:

“We did a pretty good job. Gasol was 4-for-10 and I’m not sure what Bynum shot, but I think we did a pretty good job on overall.”






Lakers-Kings Preview

By MATT BECKER


With Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade all under one roof, a matchup between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers is typically one of the season’s most anticipated contests.

What transpired at last weekend’s All-Star game has only amplified the rivalry.

The basketball world will be transfixed on Sunday’s matinee between the Lakers and Heat at Staples Center after Wade gave Bryant a concussion and a nasal fracture with a hard foul in last weekend’s exhibition showcase.

Bryant is again expected to wear a mask to protect his tender nose after being hit across the face and bloodied by Wade on a drive to the basket in the Western Conference’s All-Star game victory. He had headaches and nausea shortly after getting hurt and his concussion was diagnosed Tuesday.

Wade has said that he apologized to Bryant multiple times for the foul and insisted that it wasn’t intentional. Bryant has acknowledged that Wade didn’t intend to injure, but it’s uncertain how his teammates will respond to Wade’s act.

The drama between Bryant and Miami’s All-Stars, however, wasn’t limited to Wade’s foul.

In the closing seconds with the West leading by two points, James opted to make a dangerous cross-court pass instead of putting up the last shot. His pass was intercepted and Bryant immediately walked over to James to tell him he should have shot, according to reports.

James again passed up the opportunity to take a potential game-winning shot in Friday’s 99-98 loss to Utah. The eight-time All-Star dished the ball to Udonis Haslem, who missed a long jumper just before the buzzer.

“I just try to make the right plays and do what it takes to win basketball games,” said James, who finished with 35 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. “At the end of the day, games are not lost on one shot at the end or me not taking a shot. But I know the chatter will begin.”

The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak by the Heat (28-8) and dropped Miami one game back of East-leading Chicago.

The Lakers (22-14) are percentage points behind the Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific Division, and Bryant - the league’s leading scorer at 28.8 points per game - hasn’t seemed to be affected by his recent injuries. The 14-time All-Star has combined for 69 points on 24-of-47 shooting in leading the Lakers to two victories since the break.

In Friday’s 115-107 win over Sacramento, Bryant had 38 points and eight rebounds while Andrew Bynum had 19 points and 15 boards. The victory was a little sloppy, however, as Los Angeles had a 20-point fourth-quarter lead cut to five.

“We stopped doing the things that got us such a big lead,” Pau Gasol said. “Against Miami, we can’t afford to let up at any time.”

It was a sluggish start that sealed the Lakers’ fate in their first meeting with Miami on Jan. 19.

The Heat jumped out to a 52-37 halftime advantage and led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles mounted a late rally but lost 98-87 - the Lakers’ fourth straight defeat in the series.

The Lakers, who lead the NBA in rebounding at 45.8 per game, were outrebounded 44-38 and Bryant was outplayed by James. Bryant had 24 points on 8-of-21 shooting to James’ 31 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals and three blocks.

“It’s a good measuring stick for us to see how much we’ve improved since last time,” Bryant said of Sunday’s rematch.

Wade, who has totaled 64 points in his last two games, didn’t play in the first meeting because of a sprained right ankle and the Heat could be without fellow All-Star Chris Bosh this time.

Bosh, who averages 18.4 points and a team-best 8.3 rebounds, has missed Miami’s last two games due to a death in his family. He had 15 points and eight boards against the Lakers in January.

Probable Starters .
  Lakers    
  #15 World Peace SF #6 James  
  #16 GasolPF #31 Battier  
  #17 Bynum C #50 Anthony  
  #24 Bryant SG #3 Wade  
  #2 Fisher PG #15 Chalmers  



Lakers Steve Blake
(costochaondral fracture) is probable.
Kobe Bryant
(nasal fracture, concussion) is day-to-day.

None


Game 1: 1/19 - LAL @ MIA - L 87-98
Game 2: 3/04 - MIA @ LAL


GAME NOTES

SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers trail the season series with the Heat 0-1 after dropping their first meeting earlier this year in Miami. The Lakers, who were swept by the Heat last season 0-2, have now lost four straight games to Miami. This will be the 48th meeting between the two franchises with the Lakers holding a 29-18 all-time lead. Overall, the Lakers are 5- 5 in their last 10 meetings with the Heat. In Miami, the Lakers are 2-8 in their last 10 games and have lost in seven of their last eight trips to South Florida. In Los Angeles, the Lakers have gone 7-2 in their last nine home games against Miami and are 8-4 alltime against the Heat at STAPLES Center. In their first meeting of the 2009-10 season (12/4/09), the Lakers defeated the Heat on a Kobe Bryant one-foot, running bank-shot three-point field goal from the top, left side of the arc at the buzzer. In their second meeting, they fell to the Heat 111-114 in overtime at Miami (3/4/10). In their first meeting last season, the Heat held Los Angeles to a series-low 80 points (12/25/10). In 28 games including 24 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.5 points against Miami and holds the high individual game for the series with 42 points on Christmas Day against the Heat in 2004. Miami’s Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh played alongside Kobe Bryant on the gold medal winning US Men’s Olympic Basketball Team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In 17 career games against the Lakers, James is averaging 27.5 points per game (436) with his team posting an 11-6 record in those contests. Heat assistant coach Bob McAdoo played four seasons with the Lakers from 1981-85, helping Los Angeles to two NBA Championships (1982, 1985) while averaging 12.1 points and 4.4 rebounds in the regular season and 13.4 points and 5.5 rebounds in 61 postseason games. Heat President Pat Riley won four NBA Championships as head coach of the Lakers, posting a regular season record of 533-194 (.733) and a 102-47 (.685) postseason mark in nine seasons with the team. Heat forward Shane Battier and Pau Gasol were both rookies with the Grizzlies in 2001-02 and played alongside each other in Memphis through the 2005-06 season.


WIRE-TO-WIRE
With their 104-85 victory over the Timberwolves on February 29th, the Lakers recorded their FIRST wire-to-wire victory of the 2011-12 season. Last year, the Lakers led the NBA with 10 wire-to-wire victories (games in which they never trailed), all coming during the regular season. During the team’s two most recent championship runs, they recorded nine wire-to-wire victories in 2009-10 (seven during the regular season and two during the 2010 Playoffs (4/18 & 4/27 vs. Oklahoma City)) and 11 wire-towire victories in 2008-09 (nine during the regular season and two during the 2009 Playoffs (4/29 vs. Utah & 5/17 vs. Houston)). The Lakers have also lost one game this season in wire-to-wire fashion, falling to the Clippers 102-94 on January 14th. Last year, the Lakers lost two such games: (98-107 1/8/10 at POR & 75-91 3/26/10 at OKC).


LAKERS MAKE IT 17 STRAIGHT AGAINST THE TIMBERWOLVES
In defeating the Timberwolves 104-85 on February 29th, the Lakers extended their win streak against Minnesota to 17 games, the longest active win streak by one NBA team against another. The streak is the longest by the Lakers against another team since they defeated the Dallas Mavericks 19 straight times from 1995-99.*


KOBE BRYANT PASSES MICHAEL JORDAN FOR MOST CAREER POINTS IN ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY
At the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando, a Kobe Bryant fast-break dunk at the 4:57 mark of the third quarter moved him past Michael Jordan (262 points) for most career points in All-Star Game History. Bryant finished with 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting, helping the West to a 152-149 victory over the East. Bryant (271 points), who entered the game ranked 4th in career All-Star scoring, also passed Oscar Robertson (246 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (251 points) on the night. Bryant, a 14-time All-Star and 4-time All-Star MVP, also tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob Cousy and Michael Jordan for the most All-Star starts in NBA history with 13. Andrew Bynum, the starting center for the Western Conference, made his first career All-Star appearance, but played just six minutes in order to rest his knee. Bynum finished with three rebounds, an assist and a steal, while blocking Dwight Howard’s first shot attempt.


WORLD PEACE RECORDS 1,500th CAREER STEAL
With a steal at the 2:04 mark of the second quarter 2/23 at Oklahoma City, Metta World Peace recorded his 1,500th career steal. World Peace is now the 5th active player to record at least 1,500 steals. Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Shawn Marion are the other four with Baron Davis just one assist shy of the milestone. World Peace, the 2004 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, has finished among the top-five in the NBA in steals per game five times in his career and has led his team in steals in 10 of his 12 NBA seasons. A two-time member of the NBA All-Defensive First Team (2004, 2006) and two-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team member (2003, 2009), World Peace currently ranks 37th on the NBA’s All-Time career steals list with 1,501 steals. Reggie Miller (1,505) and Julius Irving (1,508) are next up on the list.


LAKERS HOLD BLAZERS TO SEVEN FIRST QUARTER POINTS
In their 103-92 victory over the Trail Blazers on February 20 at STAPLES Center, the Lakers outscored Portland 29-7 in the first quarter, where they held the Trail Blazers to just 3-of-17 shooting and outrebounded Portland 21-5. The Blazers’ seven first quarter points marked their lowest first quarter points total in their 3,363-game history in the NBA. The total also matched the second lowest first quarter points total allowed by the Lakers since moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season; on February 4, 1987, the Lakers outscored the Sacramento Kings 40-4 in the first quarter in a 128-92 victory at The Forum and on January 9, 2004, the Lakers outscored the Atlanta Hawks 34-7 in the first period in a 113-67 victory at STAPLES Center. The last time the Lakers held a team to seven points or less in any quarter came back on December 9, 2009, when they outscored the Utah Jazz 28-6 in the fourth quarter in a 101-77 victory at STAPLES Center.*


*Statistical research assistance provided by the Elias Sports Bureau






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