Chris Bosh registered his third double-double this season, scoring 23 points and registering 11 rebounds, to help the Miami Heat sneak by the Los Angeles Lakers, 101-95. The Heat were on fire in this game, finishing 41-80 (51.2%). This is the sixth win in a row for Miami (22-6). The streak began with a 114-107 victory over Cleveland on December 14th.
Bosh shot 9-18 and converted 5-6 from the free throw line. Other top performers for Miami were Dwyane Wade with 23 points and 7 assists, and LeBron James with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Despite the loss, Nick Young put up 20 points off the bench for Los Angeles on 7-18 shooting, including 4-7 from behind the arc. Pau Gasol chipped in 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Lakers had 15 assists against 17 turnovers for a ratio of .88. This year, they are winless (0-2) when having more turnovers than assists in a game. Conversely, the Heat are undefeated (7-0) when holding their opponents below an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.00.
Los Angeles (13-16) has now dropped their last three consecutive games.
Coming up next, the Heat take on the Sacramento Kings, who are 8-19 on the year. The Lakers match up against the Utah Jazz, currently 8-23 this season. The Heat are 1-0 versus Sacramento this season.