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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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