Feb 11, 2013

Lakers lose tough game in Miami 107-97

The Lakers finished up their 7-game road trip in one of the toughest places to win-Miami. There was good ball movement in the first half. Lakers kept it close with good shooting and pretty good defense. Miami struggled a bit, but the Lakers kept giving them second chances, which gives home teams the advantage. Bryant led the way again with 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists. Bryant has played well on the road with the exception of the Boston game. Clark, who's been one of the best surprises this season for the Lakers, contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Both Howard and Nash contributed 15 points a piece, and Metta with 9 points. Metta has been struggling of late and is in a slump. He was the most consistent Laker during the first couple of months of the season, but has since cooled off.

LeBron James, who's been playing like an MVP all season, led the Heat with 32 points, followed by fellow teammate Wade who contributed 30 points. It was just too much for the Lakers to handle at the end. The Lakers got out rebounded by the Heat 38-29. The Heat aren one of the worst rebounding teams in the league, but they hustled more and hit the boards in this game. Lakers also had 15 turnovers to the Heat's 11. Being out rebounded and having double digit turnovers did it in for the Lakers, who finished the road trip at 4-3. The Lakers should've been 5-2, but blew the first game in Phoenix. It's still a winning road record, but a disappointment to many fans. The Lakers bench had a woeful 12 points combined.

The Lakers will return home and face the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center tomorrow. The Lakers owe one to them, as they started out with a loss in Phoenix on their first game of the road trip. It's almost the halfway point of the season, with the NBA All-Star break coming up. There's still many issues that the Lakers will have to deal with. They have been playing a lot better than a couple of weeks ago, where they looked absolutely dreadful. The NBA trading deadline is only 10 days away. Kupchak says he plans on making no trades. I don't expect anything big either. Maybe a minor signing and getting a big, now that Gasol will be out for 6-8 weeks.

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