Chris Bosh scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Miami Heat defeated Los Angeles Lakers 101-88 on Tuesday night. Bosh and the Heat overcame a Lakers squad sans Kobe Bryant, who sat out of what was perhaps his last visit to South Beach.
Hassan Whiteside, the Heat center, had 19 points and 15 rebounds in just 27 minutes while Luol Deng and Dwayne Wade added 14 and 12 respectively as the Heat pulled away in the second half after leading 50-49 at the break. “I think we did a fantastic job coming out in the third quarter,” Bosh said after the victory. “We kind of sparred with them and in the fourth we blew it open,” added the power forward.
Nick Young had the hot hand, hitting his first four shots from deep before going into a shooting slump in the final quarter. Young finished with 17 points while Lou Williams added another 14.
Metta World Peace, entrusted with the starting role in the absence of Bryant, finished with 14 points and 2 blocks, proving that he’s still one of the elite defenders in the league.
After the game, Bryant downplayed his back injury. “It’s wear and tear. It’s soreness, something I can knock out with a little rest and treatment.”
There was an interesting post-game moment as Bryant and Dwayne Wade’s son, Zaire, met for some hugs and handshakes. “It was a cool moment,” Wade said after the game. “I had an opportunity to speak to Kobe last night and he asked me if the boys were coming. I was like, ‘Nah, school night.’ So he hinted to me that he wanted to see them, so I was able to bring them and have a cool moment.”
Bryant asked Zaire to ‘shoot the ball’. “I asked him how many times he shot the ball. Dwyane said not enough. He said `Are you going to be like Uncle Kobe and shoot a lot more?”
Earlier today, the Heat and Memphis Grizzlies agreed to a trade that sent Mario Chalmers and forward James Ennis to the Grizzlies. In return, Heat will acquire Beno Udrih and Jarnell Stokes from Memphis. According to Miami Herald, Heat is looking for a third team to take on Udrih and Stokes’ contracts.