Lakers fall short with gritty effort against Heat

Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope drives to the basket as Heat guard Duncan Robinson defends during the first half of Thursday’s game in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond (2) defends, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) fouls Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7), during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel talks to guard Dennis Schroder (17) during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) defends Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris (88), during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) tries to dribble around Miami Heat forward Trevor Ariza (8), during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) attempts to block a pass by Los Angeles Lakers guard Wesley Matthews (9), during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Miami Heat forward Andre Iguodala (28) and guard Tyler Herro (14) defend Los Angeles Lakers center Montrezl Harrell (15), during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Wesley Matthews (9) fouls Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

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Injured Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma talks to a teammate on the sidelines during the second half of an NBA basketball game Miami Heat, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) drives to the basket as Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) defends, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers guard Wesley Matthews (9) defends, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

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Take away their best scorers, their most dynamic playmakers and their most steady ball-handlers, and the Lakers still have grit.

Grit took them to the cusp of an upset in Miami on Thursday night, but just not far enough.

The short-handed, banged-up Lakers (32-20) were within three points of the Heat with five minutes left, but turnovers and missed shots kept them from stealing what would have been an …read more

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