Lots of drama accompanied the
Friday's win still represented a step forward.
Here are five takeaways from the game:
2. The Lakers outscored the Heat, 68-48, in the paint, which was a point of emphasis for them before the game. This is an area in which Whiteside and Winslow's being absent changed things. But, again, the execution of their plan is still worth noting.
4. By the time Metta World Peace checked into the game the result was inevitable, so the fans at Staples Center were already pleased. When they saw him walk toward the scorer's table to check in, they stood up and cheered. Every time he committed one of his three fouls in a little over a minute, they cheered more. After the game, Walton said it's "crazy" that World Peace has become a role model, but his impact on the rest of the team is something Walton wants and likes.