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Davis' 26 send Lakers past Heat 95-80 for 7th straight win

LOS ANGELES (AP) Miami trimmed the Los Angeles Lakers' lead to six points with nearly nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, and Staples Center buckled in for a big finish between two NBA division leaders.

Instead, the Heat missed their next 13 shots and scored only six more points all night.

The Lakers have two of the world's best offensive players in their lineup, but they're leading the overall NBA standings because of what they're doing on the other end.

''One thing about it - if your offense is behind your defense, you're a really, really good team,'' LeBron James said. ''And I'm OK with that right now.''

Anthony Davis had 26 points and nine rebounds, and James scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' seventh consecutive victory, 95-80 over the Heat on Friday night.

James hit a pair of clutch 3-pointers in the waning minutes to seal another impressive win for the Lakers, who haven't lost since their season opener against the Clippers.

Davis and James both had moments of brilliance with the ball in their hands, but the Lakers are looking impressive on the defensive end during their outstanding start.

''I had high expectations about what we could be,'' Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. ''We have a ton of defensive talent, (and) because the care factor has been high, it's come together pretty quickly.''

Miami went 4 of 19 in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers held the Heat to one field goal and six points in the final 8:54. LA limited the Heat to 6-of-35 shooting on 3-pointers and outrebounded them 48-37 to win a meeting of division leaders off to outstanding starts to the new season.

''It's our way,'' Davis said. ''We want to be a good defensive team. That team scores, I think, 115 (points) or something a game. We knew they were coming off a back-to-back, and we just wanted them to make them make shots. They had looks they missed. For the most part, we wanted to run them off the line. They're No. 1 in 3-point field goal percentage, and we held them to 17%.''

Butler scored 22 points and Goran Dragic added 19 for the Heat, who still lead the Southeast Division despite losing twice on their three-game Western road trip. One night after scoring 124 points in a win at Phoenix, Miami couldn't find a consistent offensive rhythm.

''Even in the first half, we were playing this game in the mud,'' Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''Obviously, we didn't have all of us. We're not making any excuses by any means. That's a great team. ... It just got away from us in the fourth quarter. I still thought we were there with six points, but they just scored three straight possessions and went from there.''

Butler scored nine points in the third quarter to keep Miami in striking distance despite its 3-for-24 start on 3-pointers, including 11 consecutive misses spanning halftime.

''They put a lot of pressure on defense,'' Dragic said of the Lakers. ''(With) their rebounding and their skills, you have two really good players. We tried to crowd them as much as possible, and we feel like we did a good job, but then in the end they got 10 more rebounds than us, so that was probably the key.''

A THOUSAND TWENTIES

James became the third player in NBA history to score 20 points in 1,000 career games. Only Karl Malone (1,134) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,122) have done it more often. James has played 1,206 games in his 17-year career. Kobe Bryant only did it 941 times.

ZONE BREAK

Miami led for only one possession all night despite employing a zone defense that bothered the Lakers' offense early on. Los Angeles swiftly adjusted to the scheme and moved the ball effectively, getting 30 assists on its 40 field goals.

Vogel's plan put the ball in Davis' hands near the free throw line to break down the defense, and he responded with a season-high seven assists.

''Once we get the ball in the middle of the floor, you know, it's pick your poison,'' Davis said. ''I can score, or I can throw a lob to JaVale (McGee) or Dwight (Howard), or find the shooters in the corner. Once we get the ball in the middle of the zone, the rest is just making a play.''

TIP-INS

Heat: Dwyane Wade watched from the baseline near the Miami bench. The retired superstar spoke to the Heat earlier in the day. Wade and his wife, Gabrielle Union, are living in nearby Sherman Oaks. Wade's oldest son, Zaire, is playing high school basketball with Bronny James at Sierra Canyon. ... Derrick Jones Jr. sat out with a left hip strain. Justise Winslow is in the concussion protocol.

Lakers: Rajon Rondo still isn't ready to make his season debut. He has a strained right calf. ... Alex Caruso closed the game for LA, finishing with six points and four assists along with several heady defensive plays. ... Chargers running back Melvin Gordon watched from courtside.

UP NEXT

Heat: Host the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.

Lakers: Host the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

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Key Players
J. Butler
22 SF
L. James
23 SF
35.0 Min. Per Game 35.0
26.1 Pts. Per Game 26.1
11.1 Ast. Per Game 11.1
8.3 Reb. Per Game 8.3
43.8 Field Goal % 48.7
41.2 Three Point % 48.6
82.0 Free Throw % 76.8
  Defensive rebound by James Johnson 0:19
  Avery Bradley missed jump shot 0:22
  MIA team rebound 0:45
  Goran Dragic missed jump shot 0:47
+ 3 Avery Bradley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 1:01
+ 1 Bam Adebayo made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:18
  MIA team rebound 1:18
  Bam Adebayo missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:18
  Personal foul on LeBron James 1:18
  Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo 1:18
  LeBron James missed dunk 1:18
Team Stats
Points 80 95
Field Goals 28-80 (35.0%) 40-89 (44.9%)
3-Pointers 6-35 (17.1%) 8-32 (25.0%)
Free Throws 18-24 (75.0%) 7-8 (87.5%)
Total Rebounds 49 59
Offensive 8 10
Defensive 29 38
Team 12 11
Assists 18 30
Steals 9 6
Blocks 2 5
Turnovers 12 18
Fouls 13 24
Technicals 1 0
19 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST
26 PTS, 8 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Heat 6-3 2125201480
home team logo Lakers 7-1 2820301795
Team Stats
away team logo Heat 6-3 111.7 PPG 44.6 RPG 25.9 APG
home team logo Lakers 7-1 109.9 PPG 46.3 RPG 26.5 APG
Key Players
J. Butler SF 19.4 PPG 6.0 RPG 6.6 APG 44.1 FG%
A. Davis PF 26.3 PPG 10.4 RPG 3.3 APG 48.7 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Butler SF 22 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
A. Davis PF 26 PTS 8 REB 7 AST
35.0 FG% 44.9
17.1 3PT FG% 25.0
75.0 FT% 87.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Butler 22 6 3 7/16 0/4 8/8 0 38 2 0 0 2 4 -13 36
B. Adebayo 11 9 4 4/7 0/0 3/8 2 38 3 1 3 3 6 -12 29
K. Nunn 10 3 1 4/11 0/4 2/2 0 23 2 1 3 0 3 -24 15
D. Robinson 3 3 2 1/7 1/6 0/0 3 24 1 0 0 0 3 -9 11
M. Leonard 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 12 0 0 2 0 1 -14 -1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Butler 22 6 3 7/16 0/4 8/8 0 38 2 0 0 2 4 -13 36
B. Adebayo 11 9 4 4/7 0/0 3/8 2 38 3 1 3 3 6 -12 29
K. Nunn 10 3 1 4/11 0/4 2/2 0 23 2 1 3 0 3 -24 15
D. Robinson 3 3 2 1/7 1/6 0/0 3 24 1 0 0 0 3 -9 11
M. Leonard 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 12 0 0 2 0 1 -14 -1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Dragic 19 6 7 7/16 3/7 2/2 0 34 0 0 2 1 5 -3 37
K. Olynyk 8 3 0 3/11 1/6 1/2 4 29 0 0 2 0 3 -4 9
T. Herro 7 2 0 2/8 1/5 2/2 0 23 1 0 0 0 2 +2 10
J. Johnson 0 4 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 14 0 0 0 2 2 +4 6
C. Silva 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
D. Waiters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Winslow - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Macon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Okpala - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 37 18 28/80 6/35 18/24 13 237 9 2 12 8 29 -75 152
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Davis 26 8 7 11/17 0/0 4/4 4 34 2 3 2 2 6 +27 51
L. James 25 4 6 10/19 4/7 1/2 2 36 0 0 3 1 3 +16 38
J. McGee 9 10 1 4/7 0/0 1/1 1 15 1 1 1 3 7 +20 22
A. Bradley 9 5 3 4/9 1/4 0/0 4 24 0 0 2 1 4 +24 18
D. Green 4 3 2 1/7 1/5 1/1 4 23 2 0 2 1 2 +17 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Davis 26 8 7 11/17 0/0 4/4 4 34 2 3 2 2 6 +27 51
L. James 25 4 6 10/19 4/7 1/2 2 36 0 0 3 1 3 +16 38
J. McGee 9 10 1 4/7 0/0 1/1 1 15 1 1 1 3 7 +20 22
A. Bradley 9 5 3 4/9 1/4 0/0 4 24 0 0 2 1 4 +24 18
D. Green 4 3 2 1/7 1/5 1/1 4 23 2 0 2 1 2 +17 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Kuzma 7 5 1 3/9 1/7 0/0 2 25 0 0 4 1 4 -11 10
A. Caruso 6 3 4 3/6 0/1 0/0 1 18 0 1 1 0 3 +1 17
T. Daniels 3 2 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 13 0 0 0 0 2 -1 5
K. Caldwell-Pope 2 2 3 1/6 0/3 0/0 0 17 1 0 0 1 1 -3 11
Q. Cook 2 0 2 1/4 0/2 0/0 2 14 0 0 2 0 0 -5 4
D. Howard 2 6 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 4 15 0 0 1 0 6 -10 9
R. Rondo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Dudley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cousins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Antetokounmpo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Horton-Tucker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Norvell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 95 48 30 40/89 8/32 7/8 24 234 6 5 18 10 38 +75 196