With a 6-1 record, the Los Angeles Lakers are sitting at the top of the Western Conference and they hope to keep that spot as they battle the Miami Heat tonight at the Staples Center. They are currently on a six-game win streak, looking to grab a seventh straight victory tonight. The Heat have been very impressive this season, as well. They are sitting with a 6-2 record, hoping to grab a second consecutive win tonight.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers have battled each other a grand total of 62 times in the past as the Heat defeated the Lakers 27 times while the Lakers won 35 matchups.
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Derrick Jones (hip; 7.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 60.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-KZ Okpala (Achilles; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Dion Waiters (illness)
-Daryl Macon (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Justise Winslow (concussion; 13.8 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 4.8 APG, 38.9 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Los Angeles Lakers:
-DeMarcus Cousins (knee)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.2 APG, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (coach’s decision)
-Rajon Rondo (calf)
-Zach Norvell (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)
The beginning of the game would be held close as the Miami Heat shot thirty-seven percent from the field while the Los Angeles Lakers completed forty-three percent of their shots. Anthony Davis scored 16 points while missing only one of his eight shots attempted. He recorded six rebounds, as well, along with two assists, two steals, and two blocks. Former Miami Heat superstar LeBron James was kept to just five points but nailed a three-pointer in the first quarter.
Avery Bradley, who is coming off an injury, chalked up six points on sixty percent shooting. He also had four rebounds and two assists while Danny Green had a trey at the beginning of the game. JaVale McGee was kept to just two points but had three rebounds and one block. Kyle Kuzma played the most minutes off the bench but had just five points.
As for the visiting team, four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler got hot for 11 points but shot only thirty-seven percent from the field. He also had two rebounds, two assists, and one steal while Kendrick Nunn earned eight points. Bam Adebayo had five points while Duncan Robinson hit a three-pointer in the second quarter. Goran Dragic played 15 minutes off the bench as he had 11 points but it was the Lakers who went into halftime with a close 48-46 lead.
The California ball club would take over in the second half as they went on a 47-34 run, shooting forty-six percent from the field, holding the Heat to thirty-two percent shooting. James got hot for 20 points, burying three shots from beyond the arc in the process. He also had three rebounds and two assists while Anthony Davis helped out with 10 points on forty-four percent shooting.
McGee contributed with seven points and seven rebounds while Bradley had a three-pointer near the end of the game. Danny Green had held to just one point, which was earned from the charity stripe. Virginia-native Troy Daniels played 10 minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.
On the other end of the court, Butler gave 11 points while Adebayo had six points. Both Duncan Robinson and Meyers Leonard were held scoreless while Nunn had just two points. Dragic played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight but it was the home team who came away with a 95-80 victory, earning their seventh straight win. Anthony Davis finished with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks while Jimmy Butler had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
The Miami Heat will host Andre Drummond (21.9 PPG, 18.6 RPG, 3.1 APG, 58.2 FG%, 00.0 3P%) and the Detroit Pistons (4-5) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Los Angeles Lakers will host Pascal Siakam (25.6 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 3.6 APG, 50.0 FG%, 38.9 3P%) and the Toronto Raptors (5-2) on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.