LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, Shaquille
O'Neal had 14 points and six rebounds in only 24 minutes and the
Los Angeles Lakers led all the way in beating the Miami Heat 99-77
The Lakers clinched the victory by outscoring the Heat 24-7 to
end the second quarter and begin the third for a 67-41 lead.
The win was the third in a row for the Lakers (8-2) and their
20th straight regular-season victory at home. The Heat (2-8) had
their two-game winning streak snapped.
It was also the 784th regular-season victory for Lakers coach
Phil Jackson, moving him into a tie for 11th on the NBA's career
list with Gene Shue.
Jackson, whose teams are 784-292, has coached nearly 600 fewer
games than Shue did.
Bryant got the bulk of his points from the foul line, going
15-of-16. As a team, the Lakers made 33 of 46 free throws.
There were 60 personal fouls called -- 34 against the Heat.
Gary Payton had 13 points and eight assists, and Karl Malone
added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers despite sitting out
the fourth quarter.
O'Neal didn't play after committing his fifth foul with 4:18
remaining in the third period. Devean George, the other Los Angeles
starter, also sat out the final period.
Lamar Odom led Miami with 18 points and nine rebounds. Eddie
Jones added 12 points, Udonis Haslem had 10 points and 10 rebounds,
and Dwyane Wade also scored 10 points for the Heat.
Bryant made three free throws with 9:22 left in the third
quarter to give the Lakers a 59-39 lead. At that stage, Jones and
Miami center Brian Grant were on the bench with four fouls each.
It was 76-58 entering the fourth quarter, and the Lakers scored
the first eight points of the final period -- six by Bryant and the
other two by Horace Grant on an assist by Bryant.
The Lakers outscored the Heat 10-2 to finish the second quarter
for a 53-36 halftime lead.
Payton had nine points and five assists in the opening seven
minutes as the Lakers took a 23-9 lead. It was 31-21 entering the
second period, and Miami wasn't closer than eight points after
With a 5-0 record at Staples Center, the Lakers are one of
five NBA teams who are unbeaten at home. With their 0-6 road mark,
the Heat are one of five winless teams away from home. ... Odom,
who played four seasons with the Clippers before signing a $65
million, six-year offer sheet with the Heat last summer that the
Clippers declined to match, mistakenly walked into the Lakers'
dressing room before the game. He then made a quick about-face and
headed to the visitors' locker room. "I don't know where I was
at," he said with a smile. Odom said it felt "a little different,
a little eerie" to be playing at Staples Center as a visitor, but
added: "I've got some friends at the game, and I get to sleep in
my own bed." ... Jackson said he expects Pat Riley to coach again.
Riley resigned as coach of the Heat last month but remained as team
president. "He's established himself as a premier coach in the
game -- a Hall of Famer, obviously," Jackson said. Riley's 1,110
regular-season victories rank second in NBA history behind Lenny
Wilkens' 1,292, and his 155 playoff wins rank second behind