Who's Crying Now? Heat Top Lakers In Thriller

Chris Bosh comes alive in Heat victory

By David Hill
|  Friday, Mar 11, 2011  |  Updated 6:00 AM EDT
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Who's Crying Now? Heat Top Lakers In Thriller

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MIAMI, FL - MARCH 10: Dwyane Wade #3 and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat hug after winning a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Arena on March 10, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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The Miami Heat knocked off the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night due in no large part to a pair of players maligned in recent days for their lackluster play.

Chris Bosh scored 24 with 9 rebounds while Mike Miller added 12 points and 7 boards coming off the bench. Bosh called for more opportunities to score in the paint after Tuesday's loss to Portland, and he got just that. Miller went 0-of-5 from the field against Portland, but found his stroke Thursday, hitting 2-of-3 from three-point range.

Perhaps most impressive about the victory was the fact that stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade struggled, combining to shoot 16-of-40 from the field. However, the two finished strong, scoring the Heat's final 8 points.

Once again for the Heat the game came down to the last minute. This time, though, it was the defending champions who wilted under pressure, missing their final 7 shots after tying the game at 88 with 2:20 remaining.

The Heat held LA to 40.0% shooting, well below their 46.7% season average. On the other end, Miami's point guards, Mario Chalmers and Mike Bibby combined for 5 three-pointers, taking advantage of open looks created by Wade and James.

Miami came into the evening with only one win in 10 tries against the NBA's top 5 teams - against the Lakers on Christmas Day. Thursday's victory will do little to quiet the Heat's doubters, but at least Heat fans can get a break from all the "Crygate" chatter for a day or two.

There might be a new controversy on the way, though. Rapper Lil' Wayne is planning to make a Heat dis song, according to multiple reports. For a guy so concerned with receiving acknowledgement from James and Wade, he sure does reach out to them in surprising ways.

 

David Hill is a Miami native and former owner of a youth replica Rony Seikaly jersey.

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