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A Laker Loss in Miami Ends an Eight-Game Win Streak



This was a thoroughly exciting game to watch both as a Lakers fan (which I am) and as a neutral (which I am not…so I can only speculate there).

Going into the game, the Lakers were looking to further their winning streak, while Miami were attempting to end a streak of their own. Yet, for the most part of the game, the two teams were inseparable both on the scoreboard and on the court.

Andrew Bynum really came alive in the second half to get himself a much needed double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Kobe bagged himself 24 points. A good overall scoring record for the Lakers left the game tied at 88 but it was in the latter stages of the game where the Miami turned up the heat (pun intended). One timely steal from Dwayne Wade on Kobe Bryant turned into a Lebron James dunk to give them the lead.

Kobe was clearly frustrated by the end, perhaps because he had given up the steal, or perhaps because he felt like his team were losing despite playing well and he attempted a super-deep three-point attempt when he probably should have used the shot clock more effectively. It’s easy to look at this negatively with hindsight but if he had made that shot, I could be writing about how the Lakers beat the Heat on the back of a sensational three-pointer by Kobe Bryant.

It didn't go in... And they didn’t win. They played well, but made a few bad decisions while Miami were making good ones.

Final Score: (MIA) 94 – (LAL) 88


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By: Tom Greenhalgh
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