We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 107-97 loss at Miami:
Shooting percentage for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who both converted on 12 of 18 field goals. The two combined for 62 of Miami’s 107 points,
38 of those coming in the second half when the Heat outscored L.A. by 10 to break a 53-all tie at halftime. Also of note: James became the third player in NBA history to record five consecutive 30-point games while also shooting at least 60 percent from the floor in the same game.
Rebounds for Miami, who held a plus-nine in this category despite being ranked last in the league in that department. The Heat also grabbed 10 offensive boards – four coming from Chris Bosh – that they turned into 16 second-chance points.
Personal fouls for the Heat, including five players with at least four. James was whistled for at least four for just the third time this season, after going six straight games earlier in the year without committing a foul.
Plus-rating for Shane Battier – a team-high – in 29 minutes off the bench. The Duke product scored nine points, all coming on 3-pointers that came at key points during the game. His first triple capped a 9-2 Miami run late in the second quarter to tie the game at 44 apiece, while his second one came moments later to stop a 4-0 mini Lakers run. His last basket with 2:42 remaining pushed the Heat lead to double digits at 100-90 after Kobe Bryant had cut the deficit to seven on a turnaround jumper.
Turnovers in the fourth quarter for the Lakers after recording just seven total in the first three quarters. There were consecutive possessions in the final frame where L.A. coughed up the ball, allowing the Heat to get out in transition and record six of their 19 fastbreak points. “Turnovers were the problem in the last nine minutes of the game,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Again, you have to give (the Heat) credit. We just didn’t make the right play at the right time. They did.”