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LeBron scores 39 and Heat hold off Kobe's 4th-quarter rally for 99-90 win over Lakers

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    Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) goes up for a dunk ahead of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24), guard Steve Nash (10) and forward Metta World Peace (15) during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Associated Press

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    Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) passes over Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Associated Press

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    Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, goes up for a dunk as Los Angeles Lakers forward Earl Clark defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Associated Press

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    Miami Heat forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Associated Press

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    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, goes up for a pass as Miami Heat forward Shane Battier defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Associated Press

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.