LeBron James' triple double fuels Heat in win over Lakers

LeBron James exchanges words with Kobe Bryant late in the fourth quarter during the NBA game at Staples Center on December 25 2010 in Los Angeles California. The Heat defeated the Lakers 96-80.

Considering all the buildup and all the hype surrounding this game, I'm sure that Heat fans are the only one who truly enjoyed it.  After getting out to their usual slow start, Miami turned things around quickly and never looked back.  The Lakers jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead, but then the Heat turned up the D.  They would hold the Lakers without a field goal over the next 4+ minutes and to just one during a 9-minute span of the 1st quarter.

The Heat held an 8-10 point buffer throughout the 2nd quarter and slowly began to pull further away in the 3rdDwyane Wade deserves a lot of credit for keeping Kobe Bryant quiet.  He played some of the best D I've seen out of him all year and it goes to show you what this guy is capable of. 

The Big 3 really set the tone for this one.  LeBron James looked to score early and often, hitting a pair of triples in the 1st quarter en route to starting the game 5-for-5 from downtown.  Chris Bosh collected 6 rebounds in the opening quarter, finishing with 13 boards and 24 points.  D-Wade wasn't needed to do a whole lot outside of his defense effort, but he still chimed in with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.

GAME NOTES

  • Did I mention that LeBron picked up his 3rd triple double of the year?  27-11-10 for LBJ on a national stage.  Not bad.
  • James Jones drew another two charges.  That's 19 for those keeping track. 
  • Mario Chalmers hit another 3 triples, pitching in with 13 points off the bench.
  • Miami was the only road time to win on Christmas.

Now that this one is behind us, the Heat gets back at it on Tuesday night when they welcome the New York Knicks to South Beach.  Should be a good one!

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