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Jan 18, 2013 1:24 AM by Andrew Masuda

LeBron's Heat hold off Kobe's Lakers 99-90

LOS ANGELES (AP) - LeBron James had 39 points and eight assists, Dwyane Wade added 27 points on his 31st birthday and the Miami Heat held off the Los Angeles Lakers 99-90 Thursday night to finish the defending NBA champions' six-game road trip with three wins.

Ray Allen scored seven of his nine points in the final 5 minutes as the Heat repelled a late charge by the Lakers, who lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Kobe Bryant scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for Los Angeles, which rallied for a brief lead midway through the final period before James and Allen secured the Heat's second win in their last eight road games against the Lakers.

Dwight Howard had 13 points and 16 rebounds for another double-double. Howard made just five of his 13 free throw attempts in the game. Metta World Peace added 16 points for the Lakers, who had five players with 12 or more points.

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