Sorry Laker fans, Santa Claus couldn't work a miracle this time around.
In a closer-than-expected game that saw seven lead changes, with each team taking leads by as much as 10 points, and eight ties, the back-to-back champions proved too strong and too fast for the hobbled Lakers.
The Heat outshot the Lakers, 51.2% to 41.8%. They outhustled the Lakers on fast-break points, 21-11. And they had 58 points in the paint while the Lakers had only 26.
The Lakers opened the fourth quarter with an 8-3 run to take an 81-79 lead over Miami near the 10-minute mark.
The Heat then went on a 13-2 run.
Miami power forward
The Lakers reclaimed the lead for a moment in the third quarter, but trail the Miami Heat by two points heading into the final quarter of play Wednesday afternoon at
scored two consecutive three-pointers at the top of the quarter to give the Lakers a 57-55 advantage.
The Heat quickly turned things around.
No play highlighted the Lakers' struggles better than a sequence at the 5:54 mark.
Meeks stole the ball and passed it to a wide open
Timeout Lakers. Crowd boos loudly.
The Heat then immediately fired back with a 6-1 run.
Young closed the quarter with a fade-away jump shot from three-point range.
Meeks has 16 points and Young has 14 for the Lakers.
The Miami Heat used a 10-2 run midway through second quarter to reverse a six-point deficit and take the lead at halftime on Wednesday at
made a three-pointer to tie the score, 34-34, with 7 minutes and 34 seconds left in first half.
The Heat proceeded to score 10 of the next 12 points, forcing Lakers Coach
The Heat are shooting 56.8% compared to the Lakers' 37.8%.
A highlight happened at the 2:37 mark. Wade threw the ball off the glass and James dunked it with his left hand, prompting an ABC announcer to say: "They should just stop the game now."
The Lakers went on a 10-0 run to take the first-quarter lead over Miami on Wednesday afternoon at
The Heat are actually shooting better than the Lakers, making 50% of their attempts from the field while the Lakers are shooting 40.9%. But the Lakers are out-rebounding the Heat, 13-9.
Also notable, the Lakers' bench is outscoring the Heat's reserves, 10-2.