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Lakers Vs. Heat: Dwyane Wade Sits, LeBron James Leads Miami To 98-87 Win

LeBron James was feeling ill earlier in the day, but seemed fine en route to a 31-point performance in a 98-87 win over the Lakers on Thursday night.

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Heat Vs. Lakers Final Score: LeBron James Lead's Back In Black Squad To 98-87 Win

Dwyane Wade remained sidelined with a variety of ailments, including a badly swollen ankle, but the Miami Heat were able to cruise to a 98-87 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. The matchup was the first and only time the Lakers will travel to South Beach in the regular season this year, and Miami marked the occasion with Back in Black jerseys -- all black with a touch of white.

LeBron James left the Heat's shootaround earlier in the day after experiencing flu-like symptoms, but seemed none worse for wear as he took the court on Thursday night. He nearly messed around and got a triple-double, scoring 31 points while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out eight assists. James was joined in double-figures by Chris Bosh (15 points), Shane Battier (11) and Mario Chalmers (10). Eddy Curry also made an appearance, scoring six points in six minutes.

Pau Gasol scored a team-high 26 points, on 11-of-17 shooting, for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant was also north of 20 points, finishing with 24. Andrew Bynum was the only other Laker in double-figures with 15.

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LeBron James Leaves Thursday Practice Sick Ahead Of Heat Vs. Lakers

The Miami Heat, already missing the ailing Dwyane Wade, may be without two-time MVP LeBron James on Thursday against the visiting L.A. Lakers. James left shootaround Thursday morning due to flu-like symptoms, according to reports out of Miami. James is a game-time decision.

The Heat have played and won without LeBron and Wade already this season, defeating the Atlanta Hawks in triple overtime two weeks ago as the dual superstars nursed injuries. But the Lakers, who bring a hot Kobe Bryant and an imposing frontcourt tandem in Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, pose a tougher challenge.

The Lakers, of course, also have LeBron's longtime coach in Cleveland, Mike Brown. If James plays, it'll be the first time since both coach and star left Cleveland in 2010 that he's faced Brown in a game.

TNT will show Lakers vs. Heat beginning just after 8 p.m. ET. In the second game of its doubleheader, TNT will broadcast the Dallas Mavericks facing the surprising Utah Jazz.

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