That was all about LeBron James and Dwan Wade for the last time before and after the game. During the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat race, however, Kyle Kuzma may be the best player on the floor.
Continuing his extraordinary level of play, Kuzma led all scorers with 33 points to go along with 7 rebounds when the Lakers escaped with a 108-105 victory. The game was a fifth straight line with at least 20 points for Kuzma, which has an average of 25 points and 8.2 rebounds with 52.7 percent firing on the same stretch.
James was far from the footballer himself, having almost scored a triple double with 28 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds. Wade, meanwhile, finished 15 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds in losing. The two were brought into the last possession of the game after James forced Wade to make a tricky three-letter experience that he missed badly.
After the game, James and Wade shared a beautiful moment, exchanging jerseys on the pitch after a hearty conversation after the last bell sounded.
The game was an amazing affair many times. Although the Lakers had only 12 turnovers in the 17 Miami, their mistakes were often such as trying to make a grand game instead of simply.
A series of fine plays up the middle by Lance Stephenson tried a move that loyal fans may recognize from training. A pass to the side pulled the defense out of position which let Lonzo Ball slip through on goal. When Lakers returned the ball, Stevenson fired a beautiful bowl pass to Ball, who immediately threw it, trying to make a pass behind, instead of taking the stack, which led to an irritated look on the face of the head coach Luca Walton.
However, Ball was a catalyst for the Lakers at both ends, finishing with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 thefts and 2 blocks. Kentavios Caldwell-Pope added 11 points from the bench.
Miami was led by Yussu Winslow, who poured out 28 points, including six three points. Derrick Jones Jr. scored 8 points to go along with 14 rebounds, 3 stolen and 3 blocks.