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    Saturday, December 25, 2010

    Miami Heat Beats LA Lakers In NBA 2010-2011 Christmas Day Showdown



    LeBron James had a triple double with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists, as the Miami Heat beats the Los Angeles Lakers 96-80. James had hi 3rd triple double in the year and 30th in his whole career. Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant struggled to score in the first half. The Heat defense was very good. Kobe shot several difficult shots due to Dwyane Wade's great defense and James Jones good defense.

    The Heat has just won their 9th straight road game. They are now 23-9 in the season. All the three big time players- Wade, James, and Bosh, are now gelling that ever. I am now convinced that they are the team to beat along with Boston and LA Lakers. Dwyane Wade said, they are developing championship habits. Their commitment to defense is just great.

    The Miami Heat is the third best defensive team in the NBA. No wonder they beat the Lakers who had difficulties in inserting Andrew Bynum on the floor because he was too slow and he is still recovering from his knee injury.

    Chris Bosh also had an excellent game for the Heat. Zydrunas Ilgauskas also had great perimeter shooting.

    Kobe Bryant just had 17 points and 7 assists as he had a hard time against Dwyane Wade who is not yet in 100 percent condition because of his knee injury. Wade said that he respects Kobe and so as a way of showing that respect is by giving him a tough match-up.


    The Bench of the Heat also provided a great boost as they had 45 points all in all compared to the Lakers' bench. Shannon Brown didn't even have a dunk nor a three pointer. The usual Steve Blake's three point shooting was nowhere to be found.

    Lakers' ace pointguard, Derek Fisher also struggled because of several mismatches against Dwyane Wade. Wade from time to time, due to Carlos Arroyo's inefficiency, took over the duty of bringing up the ball. He posted up against the much smaller and older Derek Fisher.

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