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Heat stifle Lakers to snap skid

December 19, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Dwyane Wade got his offensive touch back. More importantly, the Miami Heat brought a level of defense that the Los Angeles Lakers simply hadn't seen this season.Wade scored 35 points, including a desperation 3-pointer to close the third quarter, and the Heat held the Lakers to their lowest scoring total this season in knocking off the reigning Western Conference champions 89-87 on Friday night.

Kobe Bryant scored 28 points for the Lakers (21-4), including a spinning jumper from the left side of the lane that drew his team within 88-86 with 41.7 seconds left.

But Wade and Joel Anthony blocked potentially game-tying shots in the lane on the next Lakers' possession, and after Bryant's 15-foot fadeaway rimmed out as time expired, the Heat (13-12) could celebrate snapping a three-game slide.

The Lakers' previous low this season was 93 points, and their 21 turnovers represented their second-highest total of the season.


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