MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 19: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat is guarded by Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game at American Airlines Arena on January 19, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Lakers Vs. Heat: L.A. Out Of Touch In Loss In Miami

Dwyane Wade missed the game for Miami with a sprained left ankle.

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Lakers Schedule 2012: Battle With Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic Highlights Weekend

The Los Angeles Lakers have a pair of upcoming games this weekend against two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. The Lakers close out their brief Florida road trip Friday night against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic, then return home for a Sunday night battle against the surprising Indiana Pacers.

Friday - Lakers at Orlando, 5 p.m. (ESPN, KCAL): The Lakers get to see Howard up close and personal, amid rumors that the dynamic center wants out of Orlando. Howard is averaging 20.1 points and 15.6 rebounds per game, and creating his usual havoc on the defensive end. Conversely, the Magic get a look at Andrew Bynum, who is enjoying his finest season in the pivot for Los Angeles. The Lakers have lost their last three regular season games in Orlando.

Sunday - Indiana at Lakers, 6:30 p.m. (Fox Sports West): The second game of the day at Staples Center (the Clippers host Toronto in the afternoon on Sunday) gives us a 2000 NBA Finals rematch. Indiana has started their season 9-4 and have a whopping 10 players averaging in double-figures in points per game, led by Danny Granger at 15.3 points per contest.

Through Sunday, the Lakers will have played 12 of their first 18 games at Staples Center, including one road contest against the Clippers.

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Lakers Vs. Heat Game Recap: Road Wins Hard To Come By

In this lockout-truncated NBA season, the schedule has become more treacherous than ever. As the Los Angeles Lakers are finding out, road victories are perhaps the most precious commodity in basketball this season. The Lakers' 98-87 loss in South Florida to the Miami Heat on Thursday night dropped the Lakers to a paltry 1-5 on the road this season.

The Lakers have been two different teams this year. They are 9-1 at home, with their only loss a giveaway on Christmas Day to the Chicago Bulls when the Lakers blew a big lead in the final minute. The Lakers' only win on the road came in overtime against the Utah Jazz.

2011-2012 Lakers
Split FG% 3-pt FG% Opp FG% Opp 3-pt FG%
Home 47.1% 27.4% 39.5% 28.0%
Road 43.0% 22.0% 43.7% 37.6%

With a more packed schedule this season in the NBA, home teams have better records than ever leaguewide.

NBA Home Records
Season Wins Losses Win%
2011-2012 138 77 .642
2010-2011 743 487 .604
2009-2010 731 499 .594
2008-2009 748 482 .608

The Lakers get yet another crack at a road win on Friday night in Orlando against Dwight Howard and the Magic. Orlando is 5-2 at home this season.

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Lakers Vs. Heat Final Score: LeBron James Dominates In 98-87 Miami Win

LeBron James did it all Thursday night, leading the Miami Heat to an easy 98-87 win over the listless Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Playing without an ankled Dwyane Wade for the second straight game, James did more than pick up the slack, scoring 31 points, grabbing eight rebounds, dishing out eight assists, and even collecting four steals and three blocked shots.

The Lakers fell behind late in the first quarter after Andrew Bynum picked up two quick fouls, and were never able to recover, unable to find any sort of rhythm on offense. Kobe Bryant made just eight of 21 shots from the field in scoring 24 points, as the Lakers made just 42.0% of their field goal attempts as a team.

The Lakers are 1-5 on the road this season.

Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 26 points, while Bynum chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers, who trailed by as many as 23 points. The Lakers have little time to regroup, as they battle Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

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Lakers Vs. Heat Game Score: Blowout In Miami, 77-56 Heat After Third Quarter

The way the Los Angeles Lakers are playing Thursday night, one might think they were at the end of a set of two or three nights of consecutive games, rather than have the two days of rest that they had before Thursday. After three quarters at American Airlines Arena in Miami, the Lakers trail the Miami Heat 77-56.

Bad shooting, turnovers, lackluster passes, and poor transition defense have been the norm on Thursday. Here is a sampling of the reaction from the third quarter regarding the Lakers:

Wow Kobe's defense on LeBron's fast break was half-hearted. And that's putting it kindly
Jan 20 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Love the way Steve Kerr is going to town on the Lakers. No one is spared.
Jan 20 via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

The offense has been so bad and out of sync on Thursday that Pau Gasol, who leads the Lakers with 21. points, has taken three shots from beyond the three-point line on the night. He made one, so he's got that going for him.

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Lakers Vs. Heat Game Score: Poor Shooting Gives L.A. 52-37 Halftime Deficit

LeBron James could be on his way to a triple-double, scoring 13 points, dishing out six assists, and grabbing four rebounds in the first half as the Miami Heat lead the listless Los Angeles Lakers 52-37 at halftime in Miami. The Lakers were outscored 27-17 in the second quarter.

"The Lakers just don't have enough ways to score," TNT analyst Steve Kerr said during the broadcast. "If they get bogged down, it could get ugly." It was ugly in the first half for the purple and gold, as the Lakers shot just 31.0% in the first half (13 for 42), including just 2-for-10 from three-point range.

Kobe Bryant struggled mightily on offense in the opening half, hitting just one of eight field goals en route to six points in 20 minutes. Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 13 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes in the first half, while Andrew Bynum was limited to 15 minutes with two early fouls, but poured in eight points and pulled down five rebounds.

The Heat began the second period on a 10-2 run, including a three-pointer from Mike Miller in just his second game back from hernia surgery. Miami made eight of 13 three-point attempts (61.5%) in the first half, compared to making just 10 of 28 two-point attempts (35.7%). Chris Bosh added seven points and five rebounds for Miami.

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Lakers Vs. Heat Game Score: LeBron James Facilitates For Miami, Who Lead 25-20 After Ugly First Quarter

The Miami Heat used a 10-0 run in an ugly and sometimes testy first quarter to take a 25-20 lead over the Los Angeles Lakers after 12 minutes at American Airlines Arena on Thursday night. LeBron James scored six points, on 2-of-5 shooting, and had four rebounds and four assists in the opening quarter. He also drew a technical foul on Josh McRoberts, who delivered a forearm shiver to James after a foul by Metta World Peace.

Shane Battier made his second start in 14 games this season, in part to help guard Kobe Bryant as the 6'8" Battier has done for so many years with Houston Rockets. Bryant missed his first five shots from the field en route to just four points in the first quarter. The Lakers shot just 27.3% in the opening quarter (six of 22).

Pau Gasol led the Lakers 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting, as he was able to find a few crevices in the interior of the Heat defense. Gasol also pulled down four rebounds in 12 minutes, and amazingly took two three-point attempts, making one.

Miami missed their first four shots of the game before Mario Chalmers hit a three-pointer from the corner two and a half minutes into the game. The Heat shot 40.9% (nine for 22) in the opening quarter.

Andrew Bynum had two points and two rebounds in seven minutes, but also committed two reaching fouls on back-to-back possessions for Miami that resulted in an early trip to the bench.

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LeBron James Status Update: King James Will Play For Heat Versus Lakers

After being sent home earlier Thursday from his team's shoot around with an illness, the Miami Heat have announced via Twitter that F LeBron James will play tonight as they face the Los Angeles Lakers. James was sent home with what Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra described as flu-like symptoms, and was listed as a game-time decision prior to the recent announcement.

It has already been announced that the Heat will play without star G Dwyane Wade, who continues to nurse an ankle injury that kept him out of the Heat's most recent game, a win versus the Spurs. Sharpshooter James Jones is expected to start in his place.

The Heat were not looking forward to the prospect of hosting the Lakers with two of their three best players on the bench, and the news that James will play means PF Chris Bosh won't have to carry the offensive load by himself.

LeBron James has a career 9-2 record against the Lakers, and is currently second in the league in scoring at 29.8 points per game, just behind Kobe Bryant (30.8 ppg).

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Lakers Vs. Heat: Game Time, TV Info And More

The Los Angeles Lakers travel to South Florida Thursday night to battle the Miami Heat in a nationally televised game on TNT. The Lakers have lost four of their five road games so far this season and face a tough two-day test in Florida, battling the Heat on Thursday and the Orlando Magic on Friday. Here are the relevant details of Thursday's game:

Records: Lakers 10-5, Heat 9-4

Location: AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami

Time: 5 p.m. PST

TV: TNT exclusively, with Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, and Craig Sager on the call.

Radio: ESPN Radio nationally, with Jim Durham and Dr. Jack Ramsay on the call.

Offensive Efficiency: Miami, 107.7 points per 100 possessions (fifth in NBA); Lakers 101.9 (18th)

Defensive Efficiency: Lakers, 97.6 (fifth); Miami 99.6 (seventh)

Leading Scorers: The game in Miami will feature the top two scorers in the NBA, as Kobe Bryant and his 30.8 points per game battles LeBron James and his 29.8 points per contest.

Road Woes: The Lakers are just 1-4 on the road this season, and have struggled in recent trips to Miami. Kobe and the gang have lost three straight road games to the Heat and six of their last seven in Miami.

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Lakers Vs. Heat: LeBron James Sent Home From Shoot Around With Illness, Dwyane Wade To Sit With Injury

With Dwyane Wade officially out for the Miami Heat this evening against the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant and company may dodge a second bullet as ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported early Thursday morning that LeBron James was sent home from a team shoot around this morning with some type of illness. His playing status for this evening remains unknown.

Per Brain Windhorst on Twitter:

With the Lake Show rolling into South Beach losers of six of their last seven matchups there, a night without LeBron or Wade would be a sight for sore eyes. James' status for the game should become available soon.

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Lakers Vs. Heat Game Preview: Kobe Bryant & Co. Have Lost Six Of Last Seven In Miami

Thursday night in Miami will feature a battle of the top two scorers in the NBA, as Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers hit the road to battle LeBron James and the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena in a nationally televised game on TNT.

Bryant leads the NBA with a scoring average of 30.8 points per game, including a string of four consecutive 40-point games that was snapped Monday against the Dallas Mavericks. James is a close second, averaging 29.8 points per game and has scored 68 points in his last two games.

The Lakers have won 10 of their last 13 games, though nine of those wins have come at Staples Center. The Lakers are just 1-4 as the road team this season, and have had trouble winning in Miami in recent years. The Lakers have lost six of their last seven games in Miami, including each of their last three trips to South Florida.

Miami opened their season 8-1 but then had a three-game losing streak before winning at home on Tuesday against the San Antonio Spurs. Dwyane Wade has had various foot and leg injuries all season, and missed Tuesday's game with his latest malady, a sprained left ankle.

This is the first of two meetings between the Lakers and Heat, as the two teams will battle in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 4 in another nationally televised game, on ABC.

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LeBron James, Kobe Bryant Among Early Favorites For NBA MVP

Even if Dwyane Wade doesn't play Thursday night in Miami, the battle between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat will feature plenty of star power. LeBron James and Kobe Bryant will have all eyes on them during the TNT broadcast, and they are at the top of the latest NBA MVP power rankings at SB Nation.

James is rated by NBA scribe Tom Ziller as No. 1 in the early race for Most Valuable Player honors, and it's hard to argue the logic. "His numbers remain out of this universe, and while his team's offense is far from perfect, it's still among the best in the world," Ziller wrote. "If you grade LeBron against his contemporaries, he's an easy leader for MVP at this point. It's only when you grade him against what you think he should be that he looks like a failure based on the season to date."

Ziller has Bryant, the winner of the last two Western Conference Player of the Week awards and the NBA's leading scorer, rated No. 3, behind James and Kevin Durant, who is having a fine season for the best-in-west Oklahoma City Thunder. "Kobe had an incredible week, with four straight 40-point games and, once that streak ended, a game-winning assist to Derek Fisher on Monday to beat the defending champs. The point totals are gaudy, and Kobe is rebounding and racking up assists at great rates," wrote Ziller.

Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers is rated fourth, with Ziller noting, "CP3's shooting has stabilized, and he's offering the Clippers enough backcourt scoring punch to make this a candidate for the league's best offense by the team the season wraps."

Lakers center Andrew Bynum is rated No. 9.

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Dwyane Wade Injury: Heat Guard Misses Tuesday's Game With Lakers Looming Thursday

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is battling a series of leg and foot injuries, which could affect his status for Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers on TNT. Wade missed Tuesday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs, four days after spraining his right ankle against the Denver Nuggets on Friday.

Wade has missed four of Miami's 13 games this season. "[Wade] has also been battling a sore left foot, which caused him to miss three games earlier this season, and a calf strain that he suffered last week," reported Brian Windhorst of ESPN. "Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who announced that Wade would be unavailable, has not set a timeline for when the team thinks Wade could be back"

Wade is averaging 19.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game this season.

For more news and information on the Lakers or their upcoming Thursday game against Miami, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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