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The Lakers creep away with a 102-96 win over the Heat, taking a commanding 3-1 series lead

The Lakers creep away with a 102-96 win over the Heat, taking a commanding 3-1 series lead

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Tonight marks the fourth game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat in their best-of-seven playoff series.  After losing the first two, the Heat were able to win the last game, 115-104.  During that game, Jimmy Butler scored 40 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out 13 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked 2 shots.  The Heat will look to tie the series up tonight.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision)
-J.R. Smith (coach’s decision)
-JaVale McGee (coach’s decision)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (coach’s decision)
-Devontae Cacok
-Dion Waiters
-Kostas Antetokounmpo
-Quinn Cook

Miami Heat:

-Solomon Hill (coach’s decision)
-Derrick Jones (coach’s decision)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Chris Silva (coach’s decision)
-Gabe Vincent (knee)
-KZ Okpala
-Kyle Alexander
-Goran Dragic (foot)

GAMETIME:

The game would be competitive in the first half as the Miami Heat shot 42% from the field while the Los Angeles Lakers shot 45%.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chalked up ten points which included two three-pointers in the first quarter.  LeBron James helped out with eight points while recording 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

Former New Orleans Pelicans’ power forward Anthony Davis also had eight points to go along with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block.  Danny Green was able to score eight points, as well, knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Dwight Howard was held scoreless.  Rajon Rondo played 14 minutes off of the bench but was also kept scoreless.

As for the Miami team, Jimmy Butler scored 13 points on 71% shooting.  He also had 2 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and a block.  Bam Adebayo contributed with nine points to go along with 4 rebounds, one assist, and a steal.

Duncan Robinson also had nine points, including a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Wisconsin-native Tyler Herro scored seven points while Jae Crowder went scoreless.  Kendrick Nunn played the most minutes off of the bench but only had six points as the Lakers went into halftime with a 49-47 lead.

The game was still neck-and-neck in the second half as both teams shot 42% from the field.  James added 20 more points to his scoring total which contained two three-pointers in the third period.  He also had 9 rebounds and 4 assists while Davis helped out with 14 points.  Caldwell-Pope had five points while Danny Green was kept to just two.  Markieff Morris played 18 minutes off of the bench but only had six points.

On the other end of the floor, Herro dropped 14 more points which included 3 three-pointers in the fourth quarter.  Butler had nine points while both Robinson Crowder scored eight each.  Nunn played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Lakers crept away with a 102-96 win, taking a 3-1 series lead.  LeBron James finished the game with 28 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, and one steal.  Jimmy Butler settled for 22 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, and a block.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Lakers will look to win the series and capture their 17th championship as they take on the Miami Heat on Friday at 9:00 p.m.

The Lakers take a 2-0 series lead as they defeat the Heat, 124-114

The Lakers take a 2-0 series lead as they defeat the Heat, 124-114

Friday, October 2, 2020

 

Tonight marks the second game between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers in their best-of-seven playoff series.  The Lakers won the last game as they handed the Heat a 116-98 loss.  The Heat will look to tie the series up at 1-1 tonight.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-Bam Adebayo (neck)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Chris Silva (coach’s decision)
-Gabe Vincent (knee)
-KZ Okpala
-Kyle Alexander
-Goran Dragic (foot)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-JaVale McGee (coach’s decision)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (coach’s decision)
-Devontae Cacok
-Dion Waiters
-Kostas Antetokounmpo
-Quinn Cook

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Lakers will have control of things in the first half as they shot 55% from the field, keeping the Miami Heat at 44% shooting.  Anthony Davis chalked up 15 points while missing just one shot.  He also had 4 rebounds and one assist while LeBron James had 12 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and a block.  He also had two three-pointers. 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Dwight Howard both had six points each while Danny Green had a three-pointer.  Former Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo played 13 minutes off of the bench as he had nine points.

As for the Florida ball club, Texas-native Jimmy Butler chalked up 11 points on 28% shooting.  He also managed to record 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and a steal while both Jae Crowder and Tyler Herro scored nine points each. 

Duncan Robinson logged in six points, one assist, and a steal while Meyers Leonard had a trey in the first period.  Kelly Olynyk played the most minutes off of the bench as he had seven points but it was the Lakers who went into halftime with a 68-54 lead.

The Heat would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 60-56 run. During that run, Butler threw up 14 points while grabbing 3 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists. Herro helped out with eight points while Leonard and Crowder combined for seven points. Robinson was kept to just a three-pointer in the third period. Olynyk played the most minutes off of the bench as he had 17 points.

On the other end of the floor, James got hot for 21 points while recording 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. He also had a three-pointer while Davis contributed with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and one steal. Caldwell-Pope had five points while both Howard and Green were kept scoreless. Alex Caruso played 12 minutes off of the bench only to go scoreless but the Lakers were still able to hold on for a 124-114 win, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.

LeBron James finished the game with 33 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, one steal and a block. Jimmy Butler finished with 25 points, 8 rebounds, a playoff career-high 13 assists, and a steal.

So…what’s next?

The Lakers will look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead as they battle the Heat on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

The Lakers spoil the Suns’ late comeback attempt, 117-107

The Lakers spoil the Suns’ late comeback attempt, 117-107

Thursday, January 2, 2020

 

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to start the new year off right as they try to come up with a win against the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Staples Center.  The Lakers are one of the four teams in the league who have managed to stay under 10 losses this season.  With a victory tonight, they will be able to push their regular season record to 27-7.

The Suns, on the other hand, are hoping to achieve their third straight win as they play their fourth and final game on this four-game road trip.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of four times that these two teams will see one another this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 12 when the Lakers escaped with a 123-115 win.  Anthony Davis finished that game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Devin Booker had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, and one block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Lakers and the Suns have battled each other a grand total of 312 times in the past as the Suns won 131 games while Lakers came away with 181 victories.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Frank Kaminsky (knee; 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-DeMarcus Cousins (knee)
-Quinn Cook (coach’s decision; 4.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.3 FG%, 31.6 3P%)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 39.3 FG%, 52.6 3P%)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Devontae Cacok (G-League)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Lakers would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty-percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to just thirty-eight percent.  Anthony Davis got hot for 19 points, missing only one of his nine shots attempted.  He was able to hit a three-pointer in the process while Avery Bradley dropped 14 points.

LeBron James chalked up ten points while recording six rebounds, ten assists, two steals, and a block.  Former Spurs’ shooting guard Danny Green scored seven points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Kyle Kuzma played 13 minutes off the bench as he had eleven points.

On the other end of the court, Devin Booker scored 17 points on fifty-four percent shooting.  He also had four assists and one rebound while Kelly Oubre helped out with 11 points.  Oubre was able to drill two three-pointers in the second period while Dario Saric and Aron Baynes combined for six points.  Deandre Ayton played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points as the Lakers went into halftime with an incredibly huge 43-17 advantage.

The Suns would not give in as they went on a 66-43 run coming out of the break.  During that run, Kelly Oubre threw up 15 points while grabbing four rebounds, dishing off two assists, and committing three steals.  He also had a three-pointer while Booker had 15 points on his own, hitting a three-pointer, as well.  Ayton played the most minutes off the bench as he put up 14 points.

As for the Lakers, James got hot for 21 points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also recorded seven rebounds and two assists while Davis had seven points.  Kuzma scored eight points off the bench as the Lakers were able to hold off the Suns, 117-107.  LeBron James finished the game with 31 points, a season-high-tying 13 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, and one block while Devin Booker settled for 32 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Julius Randle (18.7 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 3.3 APG, 45.7 FG%, 29.1 3P%) and the New York Knicks (9-24) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two meetings between these two ball clubs this season.

The Los Angeles Lakers will host Brandon Ingram (25.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.9 APG, 49.1 FG%, 40.9 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (11-23) on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that they see each other this season.  November 27 was the last time they played each other as the Lakers came away with a 114-110 win.  During that game, Anthony Davis scored 41 points, 9 rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one block while Jrue Holiday had 29 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists, and 3 steals.

Davis’ Laker debut is spoiled as the Clippers hand the Lakers a 112-102 loss

Davis’ Laker debut is spoiled as the Clippers hand the Lakers a 112-102 loss

This offseason was one for the books.  With all the trades and team moves that took place this year, none are more exciting than the new additions to the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers.  This offseason, the Clippers signed defending champion and Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and traded a record number of draft picks for Paul George.  This move put the Clippers as favorites to win it all as they have two great defenders and scorers at the head with a bunch of other great defensive players behind them.

As for their rival, the Lakers, they hired Frank Vogel as head coach for the team with Jason Kidd as his assistant.  On the court, the Lakers acquired Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans to pair with three-time champion LeBron James.  In return, the Pelicans received Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round draft picks.  They also added Dwight Howard, Avery Bradley, DeMarcus Cousins, Jared Dudley, and Danny Green.

As the season starts, the Lakers and the Clippers will battle tonight for the upper hand in this season matchup.  This game will mark the first of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season.  Last year, they split the season series at two apiece.  Overall, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers met a total of 220 times with the Lakers winning 148 games and the Clippers grabbing 72.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Kostas Antetokounmpo (coach’s decision)
-Alex Caruso (coach’s decision)
-Zach Norvell (coach’s decision)
-Kyle Kuzma (ankle)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (foot)
-Rajon Rondo (calf)
-DeMarcus Cousins (knee)

Los Angeles Clippers:

-Mfiondu Kabengele (coach’s decision)
-Terance Mann (coach’s decision)
-Johnathan Motley (coach’s decision)
-Jerome Robinson (coach’s decision)
-Amir Coffey (ankle)
-Derrick Walton
-Paul George (rehab)
-Rodney McGruder (ankle)

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Clippers would have the upper hand in the majority of the first half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field, keeping the Los Angeles Lakers at forty-six percent.  Kawhi Leonard got hot for 20 points as he hit eight of his eleven shots attempted.  He had a three-pointer early in the second quarter as he collected three rebounds and gave out three assists.

Former Philadelphia 76ers’ guard Landry Shamet helped out with five points which included a three-pointer in the second period.  Patrick Beverley was held to just two points but was able to record seven rebounds, three assists, and one block.  Three-time Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams contributed with 13 points off of the bench.

On the other end of the court, Anthony Davis chalked up eighteen points on forty-five percent shooting.  He also grabbed four rebounds, threw out two assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot.  LeBron James helped out with 14 points which held a three-pointer in the second quarter.  He also had four rebounds, four assists, and one steal.

Washington-native Avery Bradley had five points, missing only one of his three shots attempted.  Two-time NBA champion Danny Green had a three-pointer at the beginning of the game while JaVale McGee had just two points.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was held scoreless as he played the most minutes off the bench while the Clippers went into halftime with a 62 to 54 advantage.

The Clippers would still impress in the second half as they shot forty-six percent from the field while the Lakers shot forty-one percent.  Leonard added 10 more points to his scoring total but only shot twenty-five percent from the field.  Leonard also recorded three more rebounds, two more assists, and two steals while Williams helped out with eight points.  Montrezl Harrell played eighteen minutes off of the bench as he had twelve points.

As for the Lakers, Danny Green got extremely hot for twenty-five points as he missed only one shot out of the ten taken.  He also had six three-pointers and four rebounds.  Anthony Davis and LeBron James disappeared in the second half as they went for a combined eleven points.  Caldwell-Pope was still held scoreless off of the bench as the Los Angeles Clippers spoiled Davis’ Laker debut, 112-102.  Kawhi Leonard finished the game with 30 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Danny Green had 28 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Clippers will battle Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. at the new Chase Center.  The Los Angeles Lakers will host Mike Conley and the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center on Friday at 10:30 p.m.