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HEAT FINISH WEST COAST SWING WITH BACK TO BACK WINS

Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Jan 18 2013 @ 5:13 pm In Miami Heat | No Comments

No question about it, the Miami Heat have struggled on the road this season.  The team is only 10-9 away from South Beach and actually started their recent six-game road trip 1-3.  After downing a tough Golden State squad on Wednesday night, the Heat traveled to L.A. to take on the Lakers last night.  Miami came out victorious 99-90 and were led(no surprise) by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Defense was the biggest factor in the Heat’s win.  They held Kobe to a subpar 8-25 shooting night, and held the entire Laker team to only 43% shooting for the game.  The only reason that the score was as close as it was, is due to Miami’s continuing struggles defending the 3-pt shot.  L.A. hit 10-22 from behind the arc.

Bron and DWade supplied most of the points in the building on Thursday, with James dropping 38pts and Wade adding 27pts.  Both players shot over 50% and Miami pulled away in the 3rd quarter.  The two stars were the only Heat players in double figures, but nine of the ten guys who were active scored.

So now the Miami Heat return home after a 3-3 road trip and still find themselves sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings.  The team’s defense seems to be coming together, and it appears that the extra minutes Eric Spoelstra is giving to Joel Anthony are paying off.  If they can continue to play as they did last night, they will definitely have the inside track back to the Finals.  DWade’s health will be critical going forward, because as good as LeBron is, he can’t do it alone.  As far as the Lakers, they are done.  Kobe will not play in the playoffs for the first time since 04-05 and only the second time in his career.

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