Game #37: Miami Heat (28-8) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (22-14)

Mar. 1, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra yells out to his team during the second quarter of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Heat wrap up their three-game road trip Sunday afternoon when they invade the Staples Center for a meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers. This is the second meeting of the season between the Heat and Lakers. Miami won the first game 99-87, despite being without Dwyane Wade. LeBron James led the way for the Heat, scoring 31 points, while Kobe Bryant made just 8 of his 21 shots, scoring just 24.

This time around the focus is likely to be on Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant following Wade's hard foul on Bryant during last weekends All-Star game. Bryant suffered a broken nose and concussion, and is now wearing a protective mask on his face while playing. Wade apologized numerous times to Kobe, and the comments from Bryant in the days following the foul were all forgiving.

GAME NOTES

  • Miami is 13-6 on the road. Los Angeles is 16-2 at home.
  • The Heat have won three straight games against the Lakers, all since LeBron James joined the team.
  • Before winning in L.A. last season, Miami hadn't won there in six years.
  • The Heat had won nine straight games before losing on Friday night in Utah.
  • This wraps up a 3-game road trip for Miami and a 3-game homestand for the Lakers.
  • Chris Bosh (personal) is questionable for the Heat.
  • The Lakers list Kobe Bryant (broken nose, concussion) as day-to-day, but he's going to play.

Tipoff from the Staples Center is set for 3:30pm. The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC.

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