Sunday, April 20, 2014

Heat hold off Lakers

MIAMI—It’s not common for Chris Bosh to put up a big number of shots.
Maybe the Miami Heat should make it happen more often.

Bosh made his final eight shots on the way to a 31-point night, and LeBron James added 27 points and 13 rebounds, as the Heat never trailed in a 109-102 victory over the L.A. Lakers last night.
Bosh was 15-for-22 from the field, including 9-for-10 after halftime and 5-for-5 in the final quarter, when the Lakers made runs but never got the lead.
“We know what he’s capable of doing,” James said of Bosh. “When he’s got his mid-range working like that, he’s pretty dangerous.
“And that rim looked mighty big for him tonight.”
Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole each finished with 11 points to help the Heat beat the Lakers for the eighth time in their last nine meetings.
Ray Allen added 10 as Miami shot 58 percent and out-rebounded the Lakers 48-35.
Jodie Meeks and Pau Gasol each scored 22 points for the Lakers, who lost for the 14th time in their last 17 outings.
Nick Young added 19 points—needing 20 shots to do it—for L.A., which nearly came all the way back from a 16-point second-half deficit.
“They are probably battling complacency,” Lakers’ coach Mike D’Antoni said of the Heat. “But all that really matters is winning championships. . . .
“We’re just trying to win a game—two different teams on two different tracks.”
Bosh had the biggest shot of the night with 54.4 seconds left—head-faking his way free at the top of the key, stepping in, and hitting a 20-footer to give Miami a 108-101 lead and making it a three-possession game.
The Heat forced a miss on the Lakers’ next trip, then held on from there.
The Heat improved to 28-5 when Bosh scores at least 25 points and 9-0 when he gets at least 20 shots.
“I like it,” Bosh said. “It’s fun, especially when they’re going in.
“If you go 8-for-20, that’s no fun.
“But when the shots are falling and teammates are looking for me, it’s a good feeling.”
Miami was without Dwyane Wade for the fourth-straight game and 13th time in 43 contests this season—giving him more time to rest his oft-problematic knees.
Allen started again in Wade’s place.
The Lakers, meanwhile, started the same lineup for the third-straight game, which for them in this injury-decimated season represents an actual accomplishment.
Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar, and Xavier Henry all remain sidelined, and yet the Lakers still wouldn’t succumb quietly in this one.
They did, however, allow at least 100 points for the 10th-straight game.
“We really have to be better at communicating and get each other going, and letting each other know where we’re at,” Gasol stressed.
“Let’s see if we can do that for the rest of the trip and forward.”
Portland beat Denver 110-105 in the only other NBA game last night.

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