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Lakers almost a no-show against Miami in 98-87 loss

January 19, 2012 |  7:44 pm


The Lakers continued to suffer on the road, losing to the Miami Heat, 98-87, in a bland offensive display Thursday that wasn't as close as the score showed at American Airlines Arena.

Kobe Bryant had 24 points on eight-for-21 shooting, starters Matt Barnes and Derek Fisher combined for five points, and there wasn't much of anything for their followers to enjoy.

The Lakers trailed after three quarters, 77-56, making the score somewhat more respectable with a late scoring burst.

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LeBron James played despite skipping the Heat's shoot-around earlier in the day because of flu-like symptoms. He had 31 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.

Bryant was the main story, continuing his cold shooting after a rough game Tuesday against Dallas in which he missed 15 of 22 shots. He had six points in the first half against Miami.

Pau Gasol had one of his best games this season, scoring 26 points on 11-for-19 shooting and taking eight rebounds.

Dwyane Wade did not play for the Heat because of a sprained ankle. He was averaging 19.6 points.

The Lakers (10-6) play in Orlando on Friday.


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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes for the steal as Heat forward LeBron James works in the post Thursday night at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Credit: Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images