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                 === Stars collide as Heat entertain Lakers ===
 
 (Sports  Network) -  Two of the NBA's top superstars collide once again Sunday
 in  south  Florida, where LeBron James  and the Miami Heat will entertain Kobe
 Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
 
 The  Heat got the  best of the Lakers in the first matchup, a 99-90 victory by
 the  defending  champions at Staples  Center on Jan.  17. James had 39 points,
 eight  assists  and seven rebounds, while  Bryant led L.A. with 22 points. The
 Heat  have  won five of the  last six in this  series, and are unbeaten in the
 past four at home against the Lakers.
 
 Los Angeles has lost 10 of 15 and 13 of the last 19 at Miami.
 
 Miami  has won four  in a row overall and nine of its last 11 games, including
 Friday's  111-89 beatdown  of the  Clippers. The  Clippers welcomed  back four
 vital  pieces  to their puzzle: Chris  Paul, Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford and
 Chauncey Billups, but it wasn't enough to slow down the Heat.
 
 James, the league's reigning MVP, scored 30 points in just under 31 minutes of
 action  and Dwyane  Wade ended with 20 points. Mario Chalmers netted 18 points
 and  made five  3-pointers for the Heat,  who are 3-0 on a five-game homestand
 and  unbeaten  in the last  six games  at AmericanAirlines Arena. Miami, which
 shot  52.9 percent and  made 15-of-27 from downtown, is a sizzling 21-3 as the
 host.
 
 "Every  year it seems  like he does the amazing," said Wade of James, who made
 9-of-11  shots  and 4-of-5  3-pointers. "He is  on a streak  right now that is
 awesome  and I love  it. We would love for him to continue to do that, but one
 day he is going to shoot just 50 percent. We will take it."
 
 The Heat will close out the homestand Tuesday versus Portland.
 
 On  the injury front for the Heat, guard Ray Allen (flu) and center Chris Bosh
 (flu) are both questionable Sunday.
 
 Meanwhile,  Bryant said  the Lakers  need to  play with  urgency and  they are
 coming  off  Friday's 100-93 win  at Charlotte. The  Lakers trailed by a 30-20
 score  after  the first quarter and  53-41 at halftime, before rallying in the
 final two periods for their seventh win in nine tries.
 
 Bryant  scored 14 of  his 20 points in the fourth quarter and also added eight
 assists and seven rebounds.
 
 "In the second half I got in positions where I could catch and in turn shoot a
 little  bit," Bryant  said. "They  became  a little  reluctant to  double-team
 because  starting knocking down  some shots. I think that makes the game a lot
 easier."
 
 Earl  Clark chipped  in 17  points  and 10  boards, while  Dwight Howard  came
 through  with  12 points and  11 rebounds  for Los Angeles,  which is 4-2 on a
 seven-game  Grammy  road trip.  Clark's minutes have  increased the past month
 with  both  Howard and Pau Gasol  nursing injuries. He has posted five double-
 doubles in his last seven games.
 
 L.A.  is 9-17 as the visitor and will return to Staples Center for a four-game
 homestand versus the Suns, Clippers, Celtics and Trail Blazers.
 
 02/10 11:05:25 ET

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