Updated: January 19, 2012, 11:22 PM ET

LeBron James 12-27 FG | 5-7 FT | 8 REB | 8 AST | 31 PTS | 0

What cold? Facing off against former coach Mike Brown for the first time, LeBron certainly gave Brown a nostalgia-induced headache. The Lakers loaded up on LeBron and he responded by taking turns facilitating to the perimeter and attacking holes in the defense. Chase-down blocks. Three-pointers. Tackling the Marlins owner. Yes, LeBron did everything tonight.

Dwyane Wade

Wade sat out yet anther game, nursing a series of leg injuries. He is still considered day-to-day. The Heat are now 5-0 this season without their star player.

Chris Bosh 6-11 FG | 3-5 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +13

He started out a little rusty, but he did his part to get Andrew Bynum in foul trouble early with an and-one. Even against the Lakers' big front line, Bosh came out aggressive and drew some key foul calls, which is integral to the Heat's success. He let up after that, but the Heat won't care too much after the win.

Eddy Curry 2-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -4

Welcome back, big guy. It's been 763 days since Eddy Curry took the court in the NBA and he scored a layup on the move in his first minute on the floor. He slammed a putback in the fourth quarter and the Miami crowd started chanting his name. His six-minute Heat debut could not have gone any better.

Los Angeles Lakers

That offense needs serious work. Bringing in a defensive guru in Mike Brown will probably end up as the smart move eventually, but right now it's inexcusable to trot out a sorry offense with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum in the fold. Credit the Heat's defense some, but the Lakers didn't even compete in this one.

-- Grades by Tom Haberstroh


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