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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