Heat Drop 2nd Straight- Lose to Lakers 93-83

March 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) controls the ball against the defense of Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

It was a star studded and highly anticipated "grudge" match on Sunday, where Dwyane Wade and The Miami Heat visited Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

It was Miami's 3rd straight game without Chris Bosh and their offensive struggles were apparent, shooting a dismal 37% for the game while getting out-rebounded 44-35.

Lebron James led the way for Miami, finishing with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Forced to play power forward in stretches of the game, Lebron was tenacious on defense, battling the Lakers frontline and helping hold Pau Gasol to 11 points on the night.

Dwyane Wade never seemed to be in sync but finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Wade committed 4 fouls in the 4th quarter and would foul out in frustrating fashion with 5:14 to play. It was Wade's first regular season foul out in 259 games. He had this to say after the loss:

"I don't foul out much. I guess I had the red flag on me today, but you're not going to get me to comment on the referees. I like my money in my pocket. - Wade said

Udonis Haslem got the start but went scoreless in 5 attempts. Mario Chalmers continued his hot shooting, tallying 15 points and going 4-8 from downtown.

The Heat seemingly got outworked and out-hustled by the Lakers, as they trailed the entire game and were down by as many as 16. The absence of Chris Bosh was devastating and the Lakers frontline controlled the interior on both ends of the floor.

Following the Loss, Brian Windhorst from ESPN reported Dwyane Wade got hit in the head in the 3rd quarter and the bright lights from Staples Center bothered him throughout. These are possible concussion symptoms and Wade is expected to undergo tests.

The Heat will return home for their next game and host the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday.

Game Notes

  • Wade snapped his streak of 88 games without fouling out, the longest active streak in the NBA
  • The Heat finished their west coast road trip with a record of 1-3
  • Wade committed 4 of his 6 fouls in the 4th quarter
  • Miami lost their 2nd game in a row
  • Kobe Bryant shot a season high 61% and posted his third straight game of 30 or more points since breaking his nose
  • Since joining forces as the "Big 3", Miami is 3-1 against the Lakers
  • Lebron James appeared to injure his left ankle with 1:05 to play in 4th, when he stepped out of bounds and landed on a fans foot.
  • Dwyane Wade hit his head and indicated possible concussion symptoms
  • The Heat outscored the Lakers bench, 20-13
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