It was the second time on Wednesday that Miami's All-Star duo connected at the Staples Center. During the first quarter, Wade hit James with a no-look alley-oop pass for a dunk in transition.
With a little less than three minutes remaining in the second quarter and the Heat leading 46-39, James and Wade broke out in a two-on-one fast break opportunity. Wade dribbled into the paint to get Jodie Meeks to commit to him before lofting a pass off the glass at an angle to James, who was charging hard down the middle of the court. James smoothly caught the pass with his off hand and quickly deposited it into the hoop for a quick finish.
The back-to-back MVP finished with 19 points (on 7-for-14 shooting, eight rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes against the Lakers. Wade tallied 23 points (on 11-for-17 shooting), seven assists and six rebounds in 39 minutes.
Nick Young led the Lakers with a team-high 20 points (on 7-for-18 shooting) and two rebounds in 32 minutes. Meeks added 17 points (on 6-for-12 shooting), four rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes.
Earlier Wednesday, Bulls forward Taj Gibson threw down a big putback dunk over Nets forward Mirza Teletovic and Thunder guard Reggie Jackson posterized Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire. Miami improved to 22-6 with the win, its sixth consecutive victory; L.A. fell to 13-16 with the loss, which marked its third straight defeat.