The Miami Heat got its last word when it established its 96-80 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, December 25, 2010. This game was much anticipated by fans on both sides and kept them on their toes as the Miami Heat and the L.A. Lakers battled for number one. The heat is getting better every game, and this game against the Lakers evidently shows that they can play at a highest level. The consistency of the team continue to fascinate Heat fans as the team has won 14 games out of the last 15 games played. The Christmas Day 16-point Heat victory against the Lakers was still below the Miami Heat’s season average but they took charge and control of the game.
Chris Boch’s 24 points and 13 rebound contribution to the game was aggressive and impressively delivered. Though Dwayne Wade played with a sore knee, he managed to add 18 points to the scoreboard, and he was joined by Mario Chalmers’ 13 points. Lebron James had an explosive game with 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. This triple double by Lebron James was marked as the first made on Christmas Day in 40 years, which led to the NBA naming LeBron James the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
Kobe Bryant was displeased with his team’s performance and stated that his team need to play with more focus. Bryant had 17 points and seven assists, and Pau Gasol scored 17 points with 8 rebounds. Lamar Odom had 14 points and nine rebounds which still fell short for the overconfident Lakers.
The Miami Heat is getting ready to face the New York Knicks on Tuesday, December 28, 2010. With all the Miami Heat hype the Knicks are expected to give the Miami Heat their all. The Knicks’ victory against the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day makes the game against the Heat unpredictable. Miami Heat fans will be waiting with suspense for this game against the New York Knicks.