The Los Angeles Lakers' wingers were on fire from beyond the arc, but it wasn't enough to burn with the Miami Heat in a 101-88 loss. The Kobe Bryant-less Lakers couldn't contain Miami's frontcourt of Hassan Whiteside and Chris Bosh, who combined for 49 points and 26 rebounds.
Whiteside finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds as he carried Miami on his shoulders through the first half of the game. Bosh put on the finishing touches through the second half, adding in 30 points and 11 rebounds of his own while making two three-point attempts.
The Lakers' offense tripped over itself in the third quarter, turning the ball over an astounding seven times while scoring just 17 points. There were missed passes players weren't ready for, bobbled balls and the kind of ugly we've seen from the Lakers through stretches of games all season. It struck once again.
It was a turnover in the fourth quarter, though, punctuated by a flying dunk from Josh McRoberts that felts like the knockout blow for an offense that struggled to even end possessions with shot attempts. Perhaps the bigger "turnover" was the fact that D'Angelo Russell didn't even get a single minute in the fourth quarter of what quickly turned into a blowout.
Nick Young was on fire from deep, making five of his nine three-point attempts and fueled the Lakers' offense through the second quarter. Metta World Peace was also locked in, making all four of his shots from deep. Despite those two letting it fly from downtown the Lakers couldn't cash in on an impressive shooting display. Miami made 20 of their 27 free-throw attempts, while the Lakers went to the charity stripe just 12 times.
The Lakers don't have much time to lament over an ugly second half in this one, facing the Orlando Magic Wednesday to close out their first back-to-back of the season.