The Miami Heat have their first win streak of the season with a 2-0 start to their homestand after defeating the L.A. Lakers 101-88 on Tuesday.
All that Kobe Bryant vs Dwyane Wade hype...and Kobe get sat out instead. Let's get started.
The Heat opened up with a 13-2 run leading Lakers 15-4, led by Hassan Whiteside's two blocks and six points.
Heat on pace to win 187-49. Could happen.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) November 11, 2015
With under five minutes left, the Heat went up 21-10 and then 23-14, shooting 47% and having a 13-5 edge on rebounds.
#LALvsMIA: 1st quarter comes to a close with Miami leading the Lakers by 6. Whiteside 9pts 4rebs 2blks, Bosh/Deng 6pts each.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 11, 2015
The Lakers started coming back because of Nick Young. The streaky shooter took advantage of Kobe not playing clearly.
Swaggy P making the Heat wish Kobe was playing.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) November 11, 2015
Young and the Lakers started hitting everything, going on an 18-3 run and scoring 13 points in 7 minutes. The Lakers took the lead 36-33 behind 11 points from Young. Combine that with Miami going 1-9 on field goals, and this game was tied way too quickly. The Wade to Whiteside alley oop was back and still beautiful to watch.
ALLEY-OOP! (Fox Sports Sun) pic.twitter.com/HkpaF9uMF6— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 11, 2015
Even though that was pretty, the backcourt of Miami was struggling, (Wade 1-6, Dragic 1-5) at this point. With 2:21 left till half, Miami was up 46-44...not the score you thought, especially with Kobe out.
Whiteside got his double-double (15 points and 12 rebounds) but Miami struggled from beyond the arc (2-10) and their backcourt went a combined total of 3-15 for only six points.
Tonight's Udonis Haslem Halftime Profane Locker Room Tirade Disguised As A Motivational Speech Because He's Mad will be presented by Geico.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) November 11, 2015
Even though Wade was struggling to find his shot, he continued to involve Whiteside in the game. With under six minutes left in the third. Wade FINALLY found his shot from the baseline:
The bank stays open late on Tuesdays for Mr. Wade : @FOXSportsHEAT pic.twitter.com/0sl24hwz3u— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 11, 2015
Whiteside kept dominating over Roy Hibbert (remember him?) with 19 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. Miami led 69-60 with four minutes remaining. The only reason the Lakers were able to stay in the game was because of three point game from Metta World Peace (4-4) and Nick Young (5-7). Chris Bosh and Whiteside having a combined total of 39 points and 23 rebounds, while Miami's backcourt of Dragic and Wade were a combined 6-23. Miami led by 75-66 after three.
Bosh opened up the fourth with a long two and that was followed by Tyler Johnson PUTTING A LAKERS GUARD ON SKATES!!! He lost no teeth in the process either, which is a miracle in itself.
Remember that @RealTJohnson crossover we mentioned? : @FOXSportsHEAT pic.twitter.com/M5PNLQ1KYm— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 11, 2015
Miami then took its biggest lead of the game 84-72 after a nice Josh McRoberts pass to a cutting Justise Winslow. The energy from the Heat's second unit and Bosh was fun to watch, because it was all about hustle and speed and plays that finished with a thunderous McRoberts dunk. Heat took a 92-74 lead behind Bosh's 29 points and 9 rebounds.
HELLO, JOSH! (Fox Sports Sun) pic.twitter.com/g3ft3LV2pJ— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 11, 2015
The Heat lead carried itself to 97-79, with a Lakers defense so poor, Luol Deng went full court right past the LA defense for a layup, with Lakers players then staring at each other wondering what happened.
Towards the end, the Lakers fans were chanting "Kobe" which was the only action Bryant got tonight. Miami beats LA 101-88.
Chris Bosh - 30 Points and 11 rebounds
Hassan Whiteside - 19 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks
Luol Deng - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists