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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