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.
LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles upcourt during the second half
'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.
James became the third player in NBA history to score 20 points in 1,000 career games
Davis and James (pictured) both had moments of brilliance with the ball in their hands
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.
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'It's our way,' Davis said. 'We want to be a good defensive team. That team scores, I think, 115 (points) or