Bosh, Wade guide Heat past the Lakers

Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat in Action: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE

LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert, Box Score) — Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade each scored 23 points and the Miami Heat defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 101-95 on Wednesday, shooting 51.3 percent from the floor.

The Heat got off to a slow start, but improved to take a 51-46 lead at half-time with Bosh scoring 13 of his total points in the first half. He also grabbed 11 rebounds in a double-double outing for Miami to improve to 22-6 on the season.

“They have guys who are highly capable, so we knew they would give us everything,” said Wade, who also grabbed six assists and seven rebounds.

He added: “At the end of the day, it’s about getting stops. This is a team that you have to make them take contested shots.”

LeBron James added 19 points and eight rebounds, while Ray Allen went 4 of 5 from three-pointers to contribute 12 points in the victory for the Heat to secure their sixth straight victory.

Nick Young scored 20 points in a reserve role for the Lakers, who were without Kobe Bryant (left knee), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation) and Steve Blake (elbow).

Jodie Meeks had 17 points, Xavier Henry scored 14 and Pau Gasol added a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles (13-16), which pulled level four times in the fourth quarter.

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