MIAMI -- In a game missing some of its star power due to injuries and other issues, the Miami Heat defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 109-102 Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Forwards Chris Bosh (31 points) and LeBron James (27 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists) led the Heat (31-12), who trail the Indiana Pacers by three games in the battle for the top record in the Eastern Conference.

Los Angeles got as close as four points with 2:41 left to play, but Bosh, who made eight straight shots at point in the second half, and James held off the Lakers. James and Bosh combined to score the game's final eight points.

The Lakers (16-27), who have lost 14 of their past 17 games, were led by center Pau Gasol, who had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and guard Jodie Meeks, who added 22 points. Guard Kendall Marshall added 11 assists.

But among the stars who did not play were Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who missed his fourth straight game due to knee soreness; Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who has been out since Dec. 17 due to left-knee surgery; and Lakers guard Steve Nash, who has a foot injury and has been unable to play since Nov. 10.

James, Wade and Bryant were named All-Star starters on Thursday.

Also Thursday, James, a three-time Olympian, was named to the pool of 28 players from which the 2016 USA Olympic team will be chosen. No other Heat or Lakers players were on the list, including two-time Olympian Wade, 2008 Olympic Bosh or two-time Olympian Bryant.

The Heat on Thursday improved their record without Wade to 7-6.

Miami led 30-27 after the first quarter, outshooting the Lakers 57 percent to 41 percent. Of the Heat's 13 field goals in the quarter, eight were layups or dunks. The Heat, not usually a good rebounding team, also beat the Lakers on the boards, 15-8.

Miami extended its lead to 57-46 at halftime, again shooting 57 percent just as it did in the first quarter. The recipe was the same, dominating inside. At the half, the Heat had 17 layups or dunks and a 28-19 rebounding edge. They also held the Lakers to 39 percent shooting.

The Heat led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter and took an 85-75 advantage in the fourth. The Heat shot 50 percent in the third quarter, but the Lakers finally got hot (52 percent).

NOTES: Four Heat players -- SG Dwyane Wade and Fs LeBron James, Shane Battier and James Jones -- were at the University of Miami on Wednesday night when Duke defeated the Hurricanes. Battier is a former Duke player and Jones went to Miami. ... Lakers SG Kobe Bryant and F Ryan Kelly, who played for Duke last season, were also at the game. ... Lakers PG Steve Blake, who is out two more weeks with an elbow injury, played his high school ball locally at Miami High, where he won a 1998 state title with Heat F Udonis Haslem. ... Lakers PG Jordan Farmar (hamstring) is also out for two more weeks. ... The Lakers end their seven-game road trip with stops on Friday at Orlando and on Sunday against the New York Knicks. ... The Heat play the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday and end their four-game homestand on Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.