Lakers deliver final blow in 127-100 win against the Heat
- Author: Stacy Allen Jan 08, 2017,
Jan 08, 2017, 0:33
Winslow, the club's first-round pick in the 2015 draft, averaged 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 18 games. The Lakers dominated in the middle all night, outscoring Miami in the paint by 20 points and the Heat's lack of size wasn't enough to offset Reed's solid night and were outrebounded by 21.
D'Angelo Russell scored 19 points, rookie Brandon Ingram had a career-high 17 and Julius Randle added 15 for the Lakers, who had their highest-scoring performance of the season. Miami played again without center Hassan Whiteside, their leading scorer and rebounder who was sidelined for the fourth straight game with a right retinal contusion.
It was mid-way through the third quarter, Miami was down 76-68 and there were some obvious frustrations on both sides. Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson and Heat guard Goran Dragic got tangled up under the Miami basket before Clarkson knocked Dragic down with a forearm to the head. The Lakers blew the game open early in the fourth quarter.
The moment usually coincided with the Lakers squandering leads and showing frustration. The Heat couldn't keep pace with the Lakers after Dragic's ejectio as they were outscored by 69-44 in the second half. The team ranks 14th in the National Basketball Association in both attempts per game (26) and percentage (35.7 percent), meaning they've essentially found their "Goldilocks" range for three-pointers.
Subsequently, reserves James Johnson and Tyler Johnson helped spark the Heat comeback. Los Angeles was 2-6 in the second game of back-to-backs entering the game.
Metta World Peace knows a thing or two about National Basketball Association fights, but he kept it relatively clean in perhaps his final game with the Lakers. With F Luol Deng missing Thursday's game at Portland, no Laker has started every game this season. The 19-year-old Ingram, who made his 11th start of the campaign, had scored in single digits in 13 of his previous 14 games as he tries to adjust to the pro game after one season at Duke. The Lakers rank dead last in frequency of those plays (spotting-up on just 15.2 percent of their possessions), and with good reason, because the team is only averaging 0.96 points per spot-up, which would rank 21st in the National Basketball Association. Both players didn't seem to hesitate and there was clearly some bad blood rising.
Although there are plenty of interesting Los Angeles Lakers trade rumors to go around these days, General Manager Mitch Kupchak doesn't want fans to get their hopes up.