Lots of drama accompanied the Lakers’ 14th win of the season.
The Miami Heat were shorthanded, missing Hassan Whiteside and Justise Winslow, both of whom had big nights against the Lakers in the teams’ first meeting. Still, neither record nor injury status has been an accurate predictor of results for the Lakers.
Friday’s win still represented a step forward.
Here are five takeaways from the game:
1. Luol Deng had perhaps his best game as a Laker as he gets increasingly more comfortable in the offense. On Friday he had 19 points and 14 rebounds with a plus/minus rating of 32. “When I agreed to come here, the idea was this is going to be a...