MIAMI -- In a league that has gone from an era of Big Threes to power duos, the Los Angeles Lakers offered a prime example of the NBA's new math Friday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
With Anthony Davis scoring 33 and LeBron James 28, the Miami Heat lacked an ample counter -- barely -- in falling to their first home loss of the season, 113-110.
After a franchise-record 11-0 home start, the Heat now seek to avoid their first losing streak of the season, when they face the Dallas Mavericks on the road on Saturday night in the back end of this back-to-back set.
Up 14 in the second quarter and eight at halftime, the Heat fell behind by 11 in the third period before going into the fourth down 88-85.
A Duncan Robinson 3-pointer with 1:55 to play drew the Heat within 107-105, before Davis countered with a 3-pointer. Jimmy Butler responded with a layup with 1:27 left to bring the Heat within 110-107.
But with 61 seconds left, Davis secured an offensive rebound and got to the line, making only the first of two free throws, for 111-107 Lakers edge.
Later, a Kendrick Nunn 3-pointer got the Heat within 111-110 with 9 seconds left.
The Lakers' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope followed by making only the first of two free throws, but the offensive rebound went to the Lakers, moving them to a 50-34 rebounding advantage.
The Heat still had a chance down 113-110 with 4.2 seconds to play, with Butler off with a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
The Heat lacked a player to match the output of Davis and James, let alone both. Instead, there were 23 points from Jimmy Butler, 17 from Derrick Jones Jr., 16 from Nunn, 15 from Kelly Olynyk and 12 points and 12 rebounds from Bam Adebayo.
Davis finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds, while James nearly missed a triple-double with 28 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.
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