The game, a match up between potential MVP's Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant. Bryant made a strong MVP plea with 39 points but it was not enough to knock off the Heat in the hottest back and forth game of the season with a season record 31 point changes.
Dwyane Wade scored 27 points and 14 assists while Quentin Richardson had a season high 25 points.
Carlos Arroyo (17), jermaine O'Neal (13), and Udonis Haslem (12) also scored double figures for the Heat.
Bryant got help from his teammates with another 5 Lakers in double figures: Derek Fishes (14), Lamar Odom (13), Andrew Bynum (12). Fishers also added 11 rebounds for his team.
Kobe Bryant pulled off a jumper with the clock dying out to send the game into overtime.
O'Neal took responsibility in overtime, making it clear that no one would get by him down the lane, resulting in a crucial charge against Kobey Bryant late in OT. Arroyo also took initiative during the overtime, scoring six of his 17 points in OT.
The last three games between the Heat and Lakers have been decided by three or less points.