There have been only 44 games in the Miami Heat - Los Angeles Lakers regular-season rivalry. While the teams meet only twice per season, each matchup has been enhanced in recent years due to several players and coaches changing teams. Pat Riley went from the Lakers to the Heat (with a stop in between), as did Shaquille O'Neal. After the trade, O'Neal's feud with Kobe Bryant was very public. And Lamar Odom went from the Heat to the Lakers in the Shaq trade. Olympic teammates Bryant and Dwyane Wade are always fun to watch go head-to-head.
Deconstructing the Heat-Lakers series, with the most memorable moments and shots below. The Lakers host the Heat this Saturday on ABC.
1. Kobe hits buzzer-beater over Wade (Dec. 4, 2009)
2. Shaq and Kobe end feud -- Shaq dunks on Bynum;
then Bynum dunks on Shaq (Jan. 16, 2006)
3. Kobe misses potential game winner
at buzzer in Kobe-Shaq I (Dec. 25, 2004)
4. Kobe misses potential game-tying shot at buzzer (Dec. 19, 2008)
5. Kobe (over his head)
to Luke Walton (behind his back) to Odom (Feb. 28, 2008)
In a Lakers victory that was not particularly close, one third-quarter play stood out, as Kobe Bryant, Luke Walton and Lamar Odom combined on what Los Angeles Times writer Mike Bresnahan described as "a tic-tac-toe play" in which Bryant passed the ball over his head and down the floor to Walton who threw a behind-the-back pass to Odom for a dunk.
6. Shaq blocks Zo on three straight shots (March 20, 2000)
7. Shaq bests Zo (Jan. 10, 1997)
BONUS (KOBE BRYANT vs. LEBRON JAMES):
8. Kobe hits clutch shot vs. LeBron and Cavs (Jan. 12, 2006)
Bryant nailed three clutch shots down the stretch to outduel LeBron James and carry the Lakers to a 99-98 win over Cleveland. Bryant scored 27 points to lead the Lakers to their fourth win in five games. Although his streak of five consecutive 40-point games ended, Bryant played the second half with a sprained right wrist and still managed to carry the Lakers to a win, making key baskets over James in the waning moments. With the game tied at 93, Bryant put the Lakers in front when he hit an 18-foot jumper over James with 1:30 remaining. Zydrunas Ilgauskas answered with a layup for Cleveland with 1:09 to go. Bryant, who made nine-of-21 shots, nailed another jumper from the left side with 50 seconds left, giving the Lakers a 97-95 edge. On the Cavaliers' next possession, Drew Gooden made a tough bank shot to tie the score with 31 seconds to play. The Lakers ran down the shot clock and Bryant sank a jumper over James with 8.6 seconds to play for a 99-97 advantage. On the next play, Bryant fouled James with 5.2 seconds to go. Struggling from the line all game, James made the first free throw but missed the second. But Gooden grabbed the rebound and called timeout with 4.2 seconds left. The Cavaliers again went to James, who took the inbounds pass above the arc and used a dribble to get past Bryant for a jumper from the left elbow that hit the back rim as time expired.
The summaries are compiled from newspaper and Internet reports.