(LOS ANGELES) — The “Masked Mamba” came out victorious once again. For the third straight game, Kobe Bryant wore a protective face mask to prevent further injury to his fractured nose, and for the third straight game he scored over thirty points leading the Los Angeles Lakers (23-14) to a 93-83 win over the Miami Heat (28-9).
The win was also the Lakers third straight and first victory over the Heat since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined the squad.
Earlier this season, the Lakers lost 98-87 in Miami.
“We did extremely well,” said Bryant. “I felt like we matched their energy and their physicality, which was a problem for us in Miami.”
LeBron James led the Heat with 25-points, 13 boards and 7 assists.
Heat forward Chris Bosh is still dealing with a death in his family and did not play.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN