LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Kobe Bryant #24 and Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate after a stop in play during a 93-83 Laker win at Staples Center on March 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Lakers Vs. Heat: Kobe Bryant Leads L.A. To Third Straight Win

The Lakers are 17-2 at home this season.

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Lakers Vs. Heat Final Score: Kobe Bryant Bests LeBron James, Los Angeles Wins 93-83

Kobe Bryant has started the game out hot for the Los Angeles Lakers and LA never looked back in beating the Miami Heat by ten. Bryant had 18 first quarter points and finished with 33 points overall in another all-around efficient performance with the mask around, shooting 14 of 23 from the field. Bryant obtained some partial revenge on Dwyane Wade for putting him in the mask to begin with. The Lakers led comfortably for most of the game, holding off several second half Miami runs to always stay on top for the majority of the game.

Andrew Bynum added 16 points and 13 rebounds, Pau Gasol put in 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Metta World Peace had a solid all-around game with 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals.

LeBron James led Miami with 25 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks. Dwyane Wade struggled from the field, needing 17 shots to score 16 points, but had five turnovers and fouled out early. Mario Chalmers added 15 points, but James had little support from the rest of the team.

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Lakers Vs. Heat Halftime Score: Kobe Bryant Scorching LeBron James And Miami, Los Angeles Up 50-38

Kobe Bryant has started the game out hot for the Los Angeles Lakers to put them up a dozen at halftime. Bryant came out like a man possessed in the first half and didn't plan on letting up early. Bryant started the game 8-10 from the field in the first quarter, grabbing 18 points and nearly matching the entire Miami Heat team (20 points). Kobe used an array of post moves to try and punish Dwyane Wade on the defensive end, and Bryant had his way. Check out some of the highlights below.

Metta World Peace added nine points, and Andrew Bynum put in eight points and seven rebounds. LeBron James is leading Miami with 12 points, four rebounds, and five assists, Mario Chalmers added nine points, and Wade put in eight points.

The Heat are really missing Chris Bosh (out due to his grandmother's death), as their big men have been unable to score underneath the basket--Joel Anthony and Udonis Haslem have shot 0 for 7 so far.

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

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers play their second nationally televised ABC game this season on Sunday afternoon, hosting LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Here are the relevant details of Sunday's contest:

Records: Lakers (22-14, fourth in Western Conference); Miami (28-8, second in Eastern Conference)

Location: Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles

Time: 12:30 p.m. PST

TV: ABC, with Mike Breen on play-by-play and Jeff Van Gundy as the analyst, and Lisa Salters reporting from the sidelines

Radio: ESPN Radio, with former Lakers broadcaster Joel Meyers on play-by-play and Will Perdue as the analyst

Offensive Efficiency: Miami, 110.3 points per 100 possession (best in the NBA); Lakers, 103.6 (15th)

Defensive Efficiency: Miami, 100.5 (ninth); Lakers, 100.9 (10th)

Going Streaking: The Lakers have won seven straight home games and are 16-2 at home this season. However, the Heat have beaten the Lakers four straight times, including a 98-87 win in Miami on January 19. Miami is 13-6 on the road this season.

Scoring Battle: Bryant leads the NBA in scoring at 28.8 points per contest this season, while James checks in third at 27.9 points per game.

Back-to-Back Greatness: James has averaged 36.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 6.0 assists in his last two games, becoming the first player in the NBA since the league began tracking turnovers in the 1977-1978 season to have back-to-back games of at least 30 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and no turnovers.

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Lakers Vs. Heat: Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Lakers look to snap their four-game losing streak to the Miami Heat on Sunday afternoon in a nationally televised game on ABC. Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade meet again, one week after Wade delivered a hard foul to Bryant in the NBA All-Star Game that broke Bryant's nose and gave the Lakers guard a concussion.

LeBron James is coming off two consecutive games with at least 30 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and no turnovers. The Lakers lost to the Heat 98-87 in Miami on January 19. Here is a look at Sunday's probable starting lineups.

Heat (28-8)

Point Guard: Mario Chalmers

Shooting Guard: Dwyane Wade

Small Forward: Shane Battier

Power Forward: LeBron James

Center: Joel Anthony

Lakers (22-14)

Point Guard: Derek Fisher

Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant

Small Forward: Metta World Peace

Power Forward: Pau Gasol

Center: Andrew Bynum

For more news and notes on Lakers basketball, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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NBA Standings 2012: Lakers Closing In On Clippers In Pacific Division

The Los Angeles Lakers have started out the second half with a pair of home wins and are closing in on the Los Angeles Clippers in the race for the Pacific Division. The crosstown rivals, who play once more this season, are in a tight race in the Pacific, with the Clippers merely percentage points ahead.

NBA Pacific Division Standings
Team Record Pct GB Last Week Next Week
LA Clippers
21-13 .618 --- 1-2 at Hou, at Min, at NJ, at SA, GS
LA Lakers 22-14 .611 --- 2-0 Mia, at Det, at Was, at Min, Bos
Phoenix 16-20 .444 6 2-0 Sac, at OKC, Dal, Mem
Golden State 14-19 .424 1-2 at Tor, at Was, Mem, Dal, at LAC
Sacramento 12-24 .333 10 1-2 at Pho, at Den, NO, Dal, Atl
Through games of March 3

The Lakers and Clippers play on April 4 at Staples Center, with the Clippers designated as the home team in that battle.

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Lakers Vs. Heat Game Preview: Kobe Bryant Hosts LeBron James, Dwyane Wade At Staples Center

The Lakers have lost four straight games to the Heat.

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