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LeBron scores 39 as Heat down Lakers
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - LeBron James filled the stat sheet with 39 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to lead the Miami Heat past the Los Angeles Lakers, 99-90, at the Staples Center.
Dwyane Wade added 27 points, five assists and four rebounds for the Heat, who won their second straight game and three of four overall.
Kobe Bryant paced Los Angeles with 22 points on just 8-of-25 shooting against a stifling Miami defense that forced 20 Laker turnovers.
Metta World Peace followed with 16 points and Dwight Howard contributed a double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds as Los Angeles had its brief two- game win streak snapped.
Pau Gasol returned from a five-game absence because of a concussion and recorded 12 points, four rebounds and four assists off the bench.
01/18 01:27:48 ET