LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade each scored 23 points as the Miami Heat Grinched the
LeBron James added 19 as
Guard-forward Nick Young scored 20 in nearly 32 minutes off the bench for the Lakers, who lost their third consecutive game, falling to 13-16. Jodie Meeks added 17 and Xavier Henry 14.
The Heat led 51-46 at halftime and 76-74 after three quarters.
A Henry dunk at the start of the fourth quarter tied the score, but
The Lakers tied the score for the final time with 8:25 to play on Young's seven-foot running jump shot, but the Heat went on a 9-0 run to take a 92-83 lead with 4:04 remaining.
“In the first half we did not make enough shots, in a sense I thought we had good looks and didn't knock them down,” Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. “They battled back and we had a little bit of a chance. They're a good team obviously, but they controlled us.”
The Heat made 41 of 80 shots, 51.3 percent, the Lakers 33 of 79, 41.8 percent.
The Heat made 10 of 17 free throws, 58.8 percent, the Lakers 15 of 26, 57.7 percent.
The Lakers had lost their previous two games by 19 and 27 points. D'Antoni called the six-point loss “irritating because we can do some things that could have got us a win today.”
“We can step it up a little bit and be a little bit tougher, especially on the boards and places like that,” D'Antoni said.
The Lakers led in rebounds, 47-43, with Pau Gasol pulling down 13 and Young 10. Bosh led
The Lakers played without Kobe Bryant for the fourth consecutive game. The team announced Thursday Bryant is expected to be out for approximately six weeks because of a fractured left knee.
The Lakers have lost three of four games while Bryant has been out.
Bryant's 383 points on Christmas Day are the most in NBA history, as are the 15 Christmas Day games he's played.
Guard Jordan Farmar made one of seven shots and scored three points in 32:30 of play in his first game after missing 10 games because of a torn left hamstring.
Farmar attributed his poor shooting in part to rust.
“I felt like I hadn't played basketball for a month,” whose most previous most recent appearance was a one-minute stint Dec. 1. “Just the timing and everything felt a little off.
Farmar made his first start of the season because of Bryant's injury.
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