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Caught in the Web: Reactions from the Lakers' loss to the Heat

March 11, 2011 |  7:20 am

Lakers10_510 Although it wasn't a particularly well-played game, the Lakers' 94-88 loss to the Heat was an intense contest that reminded one of playoff-caliber basketball. The play was rough at times -- both from a fundamental aspect and physical style on the court.

None of the superstars in the game shot particularly well -- Kobe Bryant was eight of 21 from the field, LeBron James was not much better at seven of 17 and Dwyane Wade went nine for 23. Each team shot well from three-point range, though, and Chris Bosh outplayed the Lakers' big men. The Heat negated the Lakers' size advantage by packing the lane with help defense and Miami's bench outplayed their counterparts from L.A.

Here's a sampling of what was written about the game:

Game stories

The Times' Mike Bresnahan on how the Lakers let one slip away.

The OC Register's Kevin Ding focuses on the Heat getting hot at the end of the game.

The Miami Herald's Joseph Goodman on Dwyane Wade helping seal the Lakers' fate.

Brian Kamenetzky of Land O' Lakers blog At the Buzzer game recap.'s C.A. Clark on how desperation trumped revenge.

Columns and notebooks's Bill Reiter on why the Heat can feel good again.'s Billy Witz writes about Kobe Bryant working on his shot after the game.'s Dave McMenamin on Bryant crying foul on Wade.

Fox Sports' Kevin Whitlock discusses Bryant and the Lakers failing to make Miami irrelevant.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith regarding Kobe shouldering the burden when the Lakers' big men disappear.

The Times' Bresnahan examines Andrew Bynum failing to repeat his big performances.

The Miami Herald's Linda Robertson on Bosh finally playing big.

 --Dan Loumena

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has his shot challenged by Miami guard Dwyane Wade in the second quarter Thursday night. Credit: Derick E. Hingle / US Presswire