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.
-Bam Adebayo (neck)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Chris Silva (coach’s decision)
-Gabe Vincent (knee)
-Goran Dragic (foot)
Los Angeles Lakers:
-JaVale McGee (coach’s decision)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (coach’s decision)
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.
The Lakers will look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead as they battle the Heat on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.