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Heat dismantle Lakers 101-88 after strong second half

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Miami's depth once again too much for the opponent.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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.

First Quarter

The Heat opened up with a 13-2 run leading Lakers 15-4, led by Hassan Whiteside's two blocks and six points.

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.

Second Quarter

The Lakers started coming back because of Nick Young. The streaky shooter took advantage of Kobe not playing clearly.

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.

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.

Third Quarter

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:

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.

Fourth Quarter:

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.

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.

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