Bron Bron And D-Wade Dream Team Murk/Embarrass Kobe And The Lakers On Christmas Day

- By Bossip Staff

Poor Kobe…

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant ran their mouths while they jogged downcourt, not quite making eye contact during an unpleasant conversation in the closing minutes.

“Just asked him what he got for Christmas,” James said. Although the two superstars wouldn’t reveal what angry words they exchanged, it wasn’t tough to pick out a few statements Saturday. While Kobe and the Los Angeles Lakers got a disturbing first look at the Miami Heat, LeBron got the last word at Staples Center yet again.

James had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists while hitting a season-high five 3-pointers, and the Heat thrived on the holiday stage in a 96-80 victory.

Although both teams called the game a television curiosity rather than a potential NBA Finals preview, it clearly meant something to James, who had his third triple-double with Miami and the 31st of his career. James also outplayed Bryant, who scored 17 points, in his second straight Christmas win in the Lakers’ home arena, following last season’s victory for LeBron’s Cavaliers.

“We’re not trying to make a statement to anyone,” James said. “We’re trying to show each other that we can play at a high level and try to get better every game. This is one game. … We’re happy because we got better today.”

While the Heat realize Boston and Orlando are much more important obstacles to their championship hopes, and while the Lakers don’t get terribly excited about playing anybody until the playoffs, there was a palpable edge in the crowd at Staples Center for this intersectional matchup – until the Heat’s steady defensive effort flattened the Lakers in the second half.

Chris Bosh had 24 points and 13 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 18 points on a sore knee and the Heat won for the 14th time in 15 games while flustering the two-time defending champions into a terrible offensive performance, starting with Los Angeles’ 14-point first quarter.

“Our whole thing is just playing solid defense the whole game,” Bosh said. “That’s the primary part of our identity. Our backbone right now is defense.”

James played a balanced, patient game, even after a technical foul near halftime for an under-the-basket scuffle with Lakers defensive stopper Ron Artest. James’ teammates contributed enough to keep the Heat comfortably ahead, with Bosh playing an outstanding first half and Mario Chalmers contributing 13 points in a reserve role, including three 3-pointers. “Offensively, it’s probably the most trust and the most poise we’ve played (with) this season,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Pau Gasol scored 17 points for the Lakers, who fell behind early and never caught up to the tantalizing new contenders for their title. Although Bryant wore garish green shoes for the holiday, his Lakers simply didn’t raise their games to meet the spotlight that follows Miami, falling well behind in the first half and never making a run.

Bryant, who picked up his third technical foul in two games, was visibly displeased with his teammates throughout the second half.

“It’s like these games mean more to our opponents than they do to us,” Bryant said. “I think we need to get that straight – play with more focus, put more (emphasis) on these games. I don’t like it. … We know what we’re capable of doing, and that’s part of the problem.”

Lamar Odom had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who have lost two straight at home after winning five in a row on the road, following up Tuesday’s collapse against Milwaukee with this high-profile flop. While Odom thinks the Lakers are overconfident, Bryant believes the problems start in practice.

“Individually, you have to make that decision on what’s important,” Bryant said. “The game has to be the most important thing. … This is serious stuff. You don’t just have two rings and say, ‘That’s enough. We’re satisfied with what we’ve got.’ I’m not going to let that slide.”

Coach Phil Jackson dislikes the Lakers’ annual spot on the NBA’s Christmas schedule, and perhaps for reasons beyond the season: Los Angeles dropped to 4-8 on Christmas since 1999, including last season’s one-sided loss to Cleveland, which ended with dozens of giveaway foam hands getting thrown on the court. Players on both teams broke out festive holiday sneakers for the occasion, including lime-green Nike kicks on Bryant, Gasol and Odom. James and Bosh wore holiday-red shoes with garish green laces.

James got his T shortly afterward for shoving Artest under the basket with 10 seconds left in the first half after Artest wrapped nearly his entire arm around James’ neck while battling for rebounding position.

“I was in a WWE headlock, and I was trying to get out of it,” James said.

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  • nana

    Bosh played an excellent game yesterday! Where r the lakers fans?? Ummmm…. Okay I dnt hear anything…bwhahahahahaaha

    • http://yahoo.com rose by any other name 350 8914 ™

      child .. you crazy, and you wont hear anything from me on the lakers.. i cant stand those arrogant a-wipes! And what hapened to the Kardsahian good luck charm for the teams.. bwahahahahahaha! kobe and “nem ‘ ole arrogant tails especially Kobe!!

    • Tina

      Lakers play for rings!

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      there and didn’t spend Christmas with him wooow go figure

  • It's Me

    Damn real! Did we make the lady lakers look like Shyt in the face last night? More of this to come.

  • Jane Doe

    Great game lol the Lakers played like they didn’t give damn smh. The Heat played really well, great team effort.

  • lobo

    Lebron effed around and got a triple double.

    • Here's Johnny

      Get him on the court and he’s trouble.

  • http://yahoo.com rose by any other name 350 8914 ™

    me too… ole meerkat looking Kobe!!

  • http://yahoo.com rose by any other name 350 8914 ™

    I aint from either cities , but since my Bulls werent playing and my beast Derrick Rose wasnt playing i gotta go for Lebron and our ole Chicago native D Wade.. Go Bulls.. Go Miami Heat!!

    • Here's Johnny

      The Knicks aren’t a laughing stock anymore. Look for NY to make noise in the playoffs.

  • III

    This same thing happened last year when Cleveland ran through them twice. And everybody jumped on that bandwagon saying they won’t repeat. We’re now 2 in counting. There’s no need for concern because everybody is going to play great against the Lakers, who wouldn’t. Don’t get me wrong because the regular season is that important come playoff time. That’s my and probably every other Laker fan out here concern is homecourt advantage. That was the key to their 2nd title run.

  • purple love

    Lmao to the person that said the kardashian good luck charms…u see what kim did to miles austin

  • http://bossip reese

    I read earlier Kobe said to Labron ” i’m a mother fckin champ ” ! Well Kobe not today !

    • http://bossip GAT TURNER buuudddat!!!!

      Did you hear about that new CELLPHONE LEBRON JAMES GOT KOMING OUT???!!!

      OMGOSHH!!!

      iT HAS no RINGS!!

      lmaoo!!

  • G.M.

    the Heat won A GAME…NOT A CHAMPIONSHIP…if they cant make it to the end a lot of y’all gonna have egg on ur face, what u gonna say then…everybody knows u cant be the best/#1 forever, but LeBrick has been the best/#1 NEVER…does he have potential: YES, but it takes more than that to be a champion…he played a good game tho

  • Here's Johnny

    I seen this coming. Threepeat? Hell no, Kobrick is done. San Antonio is coming out the West.

    Bynum is back and the Lakers are taller than every team again. What’s the excuse now?

  • Mrs. Rance

    These are the two teams in the league I love to hate so the best case scenario for me was for someone to get blown out. Kobe as the victim is cool with me. I’m just mad my Celtics lost.

    • Here's Johnny

      The Magic are a legitimate powerhouse of the East now. The Celtics are no long guaranteed a finals appearance now, even though they were the favorite going in. The playoffs should be interesting, competitive, and fun this year.

  • Sha

    FA-LA-LA-LA-LA B!tches!!!! 😛

  • ReALiSt

    Lebrick and his croonies can stay winning the xmas games, while we stay winning the championships…

    Kobe = 5 rings
    Lebrick = 0 rings

    Now, tell who the f*cking champion is… Bwahahahahaha!!

    The Heats are washed up – if shitty bucks can whop us by 19points 4days earlier, I don’t see why this overrated heat team can’t whop by 30points… But hold up, it was only 16points – that means they ain’t half as good as everyone makes them to be…

    See you in the NBA finals if you’re lucky enough to make it past the bulls, celtics and magic…

  • Marquis de Sade

    Trust, come Championship time, this will end differently. There’s no way the Heat can match up against the post-season Lakers. FACT!

    • http://yahoo.com rose by any other name 350 8914 ™

      Marquis… whos your daddy?? it sure wont be the lakers… kiss kiss goodbye lakers!!

  • StarLite

    I’m not even a huge basketball fan and I’m so mad I missed THIS game 😦

  • sukanya

    @tina you are so damn right, they are so full of them selfs just because they got rings that don’t mean shit, i love that they got knocked down a peg ohhhh how i love that

  • Brit

    The lakers were getting blown-out, the final score does makes it look good for the the Lakers, but in all honestly they were beaten. Ya’ll Lakers fans shouldn’t be so confident because the West is deep this year, if the Lakers don’t get home fielD advantage throughout the playoffs, they won’t be coming out of the west. From the look of it they may be the 3rd or 4th seed, GOOD LUCK-NOT! GO CELTICS!!

  • Earth

    I’ll give them their props when they make it to the finals and win the ring..

    Lebron got too many hexes from all them rituals he does.

    • jenn love

      Your right about Lebron throwing baby powder in the air he need to lifting those hands to God and thanking him for blessing him the talent.

  • Lisa

    I hate the Heat and Lakers. It’s amazing how everyone acts like they were the only teams playing yesterday. What about the new look Magic and how they stopped a 2nd team win streak in the past couple of days, that would be news. Go Magic and Knicks

  • DR.FUNK

    Just another game in DECEMBER.Call me when the Heat start doing this in JUNE.

    • Maureen

      Good point. 😉

  • Lakendra

    IT’S ALL ABOUT WADE, JAMES, AND BOSH. YOU HATERS CAN FALL BACK. HAHAHA..HEATT ALL DAYY!!!!!!!!!

  • KOOLGUYNBA-HOT,ACTION!DIS,ISSS,THE coolest!CHRISTMAS EVER YA DON KNOW!

    ..!!THIS IS WHAT ! ITS ALL;; ABOUT!! ”PROFESSIONAL ! TALENT! SHINNING!””””””’COUNGRULATION TO THE MAMI! HEAT!!”’,,,,AWESOME!!,,,GAME !!;;;..thanks forreadin

  • kadija1982

    haha lebron and the heat got kobe shook lmao

  • 2Sweet

    I’m from and live in Miami so i FUX w/the heat!!! Even if I wasn’t I can’t stand the Lakers!! They put the HEAT on them bytches last night! Drop it off hoes!!!

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