Los Angeles was victimized by LeBron James for 31 points as the Heat defeated the Lakers 98-87 in NBA action on Thursday.
Miami won and also put money in the pockets of their supporters by covering the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Totals bettors, meanwhile, saw the game go UNDER the closing number of 191.5.
Miami got 15 points from Chris Bosh and another 11 points from Shane Battier. LeBron James contributed 8 assists, while LeBron James cleaned the glass with 8 rebounds.
Los Angeles got 26 points from Pau Gasol in a losing cause and another 24 points from Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant contributed 7 assists for the Lakers, while Andrew Bynum had 12 rebounds.
Miami led at halftime, 52-37.
The rebound battle favored Miami as they grabbed 44 boards, while Los Angeles only had 38.
Miami heads into a battle against the 76ers. Los Angeles, meanwhile, will have their next action against Orlando.