The Lakers made a game of it but the Miami Heat held off a Lakers' run, completing a two-game season sweep, 109-102.
The Lakers got 22 apiece from
Gasol also had a double-double with 13 rebounds.
Miami scored at will most of the night, hitting 57.7% from the field and 40% from three-point range. They helped give the Lakers life by missing 12 free throws in 23 attempts (47.8%). The Lakers hit 13 of 21 from the line (61.9%).
The Lakers, playing again without
The Lakers fall to 16-27. The team will travel to Orlando to play the
Miami next hosts the
After falling behind by 16, the Lakers climbed to within 10 by the end of the third quarter against the Heat.
Miami shot 54.7% from the field with 13 turnovers. The Lakers hit 43.9% with 11 giveaways.
Miami extended a comfortable lead in the second quarter, pulling ahead by as many as 14.
The Lakers got 12 points from
The Lakers seemed initially out-classed through most of the first quarter in Miami, yet when the buzzer sounded, the Lakers were down by just three points to the Heat.
Miami shot 56.5% from the field (13-23), led by nine from
Offensively, the Lakers hit just 40.9% of their shots (9-22), led by
Miami also had four turnovers to just two for the Lakers, letting their nine-point lead dissipate in the final minutes of the quarter.
The Lakers (16-26) visit the Miami Heat (30-12) on Thursday night.
After winning two consecutive games on the road, the Lakers lost a close one in overtime to the
Miami beat the Lakers in their first meeting of the season on Christmas Day at
The Lakers are still without
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