Wade leads Mi­ami to win over Lak­ers

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

DWYANE Wade scored a sea­son-high 40 points and passed out 11 as­sists in a spec­tac­u­lar one-man Christ­mas per­for­mance to lead the Mi­ami Heat past the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers 101-85 in Mi­ami yes­ter­day.

Wade hit 12-of-20 shots and con­trib­uted four steals, four blocked shots and four re­bounds while play­ing spir­ited defence against L a k e r s star Kobe Bryant in spark­ing the de­fend­ing Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­ons to vic­tory.

‘‘This was a great game,’’ Wade said.

‘‘It’s a great op­por­tu­nity on Christ­mas Day. We wanted to go out there and take charge from the start and that’s ex­actly what we did.’’

The Lak­ers, led by 16 points from Bryant and 13 from French­man Ronny Turiaf, fell be­hind by 14 points in the first half and could never over­come the Heat. Bryant hit only 4-of-17 from the field.

‘‘We just try to throw dif­fer­ent guys at him,’’ Wade said. ‘‘He’s got all the moves in the world. We’re try­ing to frus­trate him, keep some­body fresh on him and make him work for ev­ery­thing he gets.’’

Wade ranks fourth in NBA scor­ing with 28.1 points a game while Bryant ranks sixth with 27.8 points a game.

The Heat im­proved to 13-14, match­ing Mil­wau­kee for eighth in the East­ern Con­fer­ence with their first tri­umph of the sea­son over a club with a win­ning record.

‘‘We’ve been play­ing well of late,’’ Wade said. ‘‘We’re not look­ing at our record. We came out with a lot of en­ergy. As long as we keep play­ing like that we will be all right.’’

Mi­ami star cen­tre Shaquille O’Neal, who won three NBA ti­tles while play­ing for the Lak­ers, didn’t play yes­ter­day. He has been out for more than six weeks with a knee in­jury.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.