“They [Miami] are playing to win championships, we’re just trying to win a game.” This statement from Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni following a 109-102 loss in Miami pretty much sums up this season to forget for the purple and gold.
Despite a slow and lethargic start from the Lakers, they courageously fought to the last whistle to put the Dwyane Wade-less Heat on its heels. And if it weren’t for Miami forward Chris Bosh, they might have pulled it off.
Bosh went 15-22 from the floor, good enough for 31 points. LeBron James netted a double-double with 27 points and 13 rebounds, but Bosh was too much down the stretch.
Entering the fourth quarter, the Lakers found themselves down 10, and it easily could have been more. With James starting the quarter off on the bench and under Kobe Bryant’s watchful eye, a “Big Three” of their own for the Lakers emerged consisting of Nick “Swaggy P” Young, Pau Gasol, and Jodie Meeks. With Gasol having his way with Miami’s bigs, Young turning up the swag meter, and Meeks shooting into a volcano, the Lakers cut the deficit to a mere four points with four minutes remaining in regulation.
But, that’s as close at they would get. A series of Chris Bosh clutch jumpers, a James deep three pointer, and an ill-advised Nick Young shot sealed the deal for the Lakers.
The Lakers (16-27) will be back in action Friday night in Orlando against the equally if not more disappointing Magic (11-32).
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