Heat 98 Lakers 87: LeBron James was feeling sick earlier in the day and left practice. But he took the medicine and looked just fine against the Lakers, scoring 31 points and pacing the Heat to what turned out to be an easy win. LA never fought back when Miami put together a run in the second quarter. Kobe struggled for the second straight game, hitting on 8-of-21 for 24 points with 14 in the fourth quarter when the game was basically out of reach. And when he’s not doing well, this team has not done well this season.
Quite honestly, this Laker just cannot shoot the ball from the perimeter. Outside of Kobe, Steve Blake was the only other player that was consistently hitting jumpers and he’s sidelined for a few more weeks with torn cartilage in his ribs. Teams are daring the Lakers to shoot from the outside and closing down space for Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol to operate.
By the way, the Heat are doing just fine without Dwayne Wade this season, now 5-0 as he deals with a bad ankle and foot.
Mavericks 94 Jazz 91: This one got testy down the stretch with Derrick Favors getting ejected after throwing the ball in the crowd as he argued a call. Meanwhile, the Mavs kept their cool on their win to a big road win against Utah who had won eight of their previous nine game. Shawn Marion had 22 points including a late layup while Jason Terry – who struggled for most of the game – came through with a big three in the final few minutes.
This young Jazz team definitely has some fight. Al Jefferson had 22 points while Paul Millsap put up 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Rockets 90 Hornets 88 (OT): It looked like the Rockets were coasting to a win before they fell apart in the fourth quarter, hitting just 3-of-21 shots and scoring just 7 points and the game going to overtime. Houston found themselves trailing there before Samuel Dalembert bailed them out as he dunked with 11 seconds remaining to break the tie and the win. The Rockets center finished with 15 points and 17 rebounds while Kevin Martin filled it up with 32 points.
Jason Smith, who helped lead the fourth quarter comeback, finished with 17.