Lakers Can't Maintain Lead, Lose To Heat

O'Neal had about a dozen relatives and friends with him for the halftime celebration of Miami's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, taking a break from his game-analyst duties on television for the festivities. You know, with an actual 18-wheeler announcing his arrival along with one of the biggest celebrations we had ever witnessed to that point in time.

Soon after, L.A.'s lead expanded to 19 on a triple from Lou Williams - who led all payers with 27 points on the night.

Isaiah Thomas wasn't sharp with his shooting (9-for-21 from the field) but still led the Celtics with 28 points and nine assists in a 109-102 victory over the Pacers. Miami closed the quarter with a 16-4 run. Once again Brandon Ingram disappointed with only four points, playing 34 minutes in this game.

The Lakers had also built a 19-point lead on Wednesday against Charlotte.

Both Winslow and Whiteside finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while the two Johnsons and Dragic combined to hit 10 of 17 shots from beyond the three-point line.

In his earlier comments, the former Golden State Warriors coach shared that the mental game of his team is still "weak" as they give in to pressure easily. But it takes more than that to win games, and, for whatever reason, we don't have it yet. He scored a career-high 23 points and Hassan Whiteside had his sixth double-double in a row to lead Miami past the struggling Lakers, who have fallen on hard times since the days of O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. We got stops. We communicated. The Heat have entered a definite rough patch this season after permanently losing star Chris Bosh to injury during the offseason and losing Wade, the greatest player in franchise history, to free agency.

Orlando is one of the worst teams on offense, scoring just 99.7 points per 100 possessions, but the Lakers' defense has been equally atrocious.

Los Angeles Lakers without Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr. If that isn't enough, the Miami Heat retired his No. 32 in Miami on Tuesday night. But Walton sounded uncertain afterward if he has any other lineup combinations he could pursue. "But maybe we're missing something. On defense right now, we really don't put up much resistance".

As for the game itself, the home team trails until late in the third quarter.

Carmelo Anthony and Willy Hernangomez each had 15 points for NY, which has won two in a row since a three-game losing streak.

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