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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 hand the Nuggets a 117-107 loss, advancing to the NBA Finals

The Lakers hand the Nuggets a 117-107 loss, advancing to the NBA Finals

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Tonight marks the fifth game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets in their best-of-seven playoff series.  The Lakers won the previous matchup as they handed the Nuggets a 114-108 loss.  During that game, Anthony Davis scored 34 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished out 3 assists, and committed 3 steals.  The Lakers will look to win the series and advance to the NBA Finals tonight.

INACTIVES:

Denver Nuggets:

-Keita Bates-Diop (coach’s decision)
-Bol Bol (coach’s decision)
-Troy Daniels (coach’s decision)
-Noah Vonleh
-Vlatko Cancar (foot)
-Tyler Cook
-Will Barton (knee)

Los Angeles Lakers:

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

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Lakers will have control of things in the first half as they shot 57% from the field, limiting the Denver Nuggets to 42%.  LeBron James got hot with 16 points while recording 7 rebounds and 6 assists.  Anthony Davis had just nine points but managed to give out two assists while committing two steals.

Former Washington Wizards’ center Dwight Howard contributed with six points on a perfect 100% shooting.  He also had five rebounds while Danny Green had five points.  Georgia-native Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was kept scoreless but managed to record one rebound and one assist.  Alex Caruso played the most minutes off of the bench as he had 11 points.

On the other end of the floor, Nikola Jokic chalked up nine points which included a three-point shot in the first period.  He also had one rebound, one assist, and a steal while Jamal Murray gave eight points on 37% shooting.

Jerami Grant had four points to go along with four rebounds and one assist while Gary Harris had a three-pointer.  Harris also recorded two defensive rebounds while Paul Millsap had two points, which all came from the charity stripe.  Former Brooklyn Nets Mason Plumlee played 15 minutes off of the bench but only had seven points as the Lakers went into halftime with a 61 to 51 advantage.

Although the Nuggets started to claw back in the second half, the Lakers still had control as they shot 51% from the field.  James stayed hot as he dropped 22 more points which contained a three-pointer in the last quarter.  He also had nine rebounds, four assists and a steal while Davis contributed with 18 points on 50% shooting.

Danny Green was able to knock down two three-pointers while Dwight Howard had three points, four rebounds, and two blocks.  Caldwell-Pope was kept to just two points.  Caruso played 12 minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the Denver ball club, Grant chalked up 16 points which included two three-pointers in the third period.  He also had five rebounds, one steal, and a block.  Murray, Jokic, and Millsap all had eleven points each while Harris was kept scoreless.  Monte Morris played the most minutes off of the bench but only had four points as the Lakers held on to beat the Nuggets, 117-107, advancing to the NBA Finals.

LeBron James finished the game with 38 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and one steal.  Jerami Grant settled for 20 points, a playoff career-high-tying 9 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and a block.

The Lakers take a 2-1 lead in the series as they defeat the Rockets, 112-102

The Lakers take a 2-1 lead in the series as they defeat the Rockets, 112-102

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Tonight marks the third game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets in their best-of-seven playoff series.  The Lakers won the last game they played as Anthony Davis recorded 34 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and one block.  They will look to grab a 2-1 lead in the series as they battle the Rockets tonight.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Lakers:

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

Houston Rockets:

-Bruno Caboclo (coach’s decision)
-DeMarre Carroll (coach’s decision)
-Chris Clemons (coach’s decision)
-Michael Frazier (coach’s decision)
-Luc Mbah a Moute (coach’s decision)
-Tyson Chandler (personal)
-Danuel House (personal)

GAMETIME:

The game would be kept close in the first half as the Los Angeles Lakers shot 62% from the field while the Houston Rockets shot 56%.  LeBron James got extremely hot for 29 points which included four three-pointers.  He also had two rebounds and three assists while Anthony Davis helped out with 14 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.  Former Detroit Pistons’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had two three-pointers while both JaVale McGee and Danny Green were kept scoreless.  Alex Caruso played 14 minutes off of the bench but only had two points.

As for the Texas ball club, James Harden chalked up 21 points which held two three-pointers.  He also had three rebounds and six assists while Russell Westbrook recorded 17 points, three rebounds, four assists, and two steals.  Robert Covington contributed with ten points which held two three-pointers.  He also had two rebounds, two assists, and four steals while Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker combined for seven points.  Jeff Green played the most minutes off of the bench to score nine points as the Rockets went into halftime with a 64-61 lead.

The Lakers would respond in the second half as they came out of the locker room, sparking a 51-38 run.  During that run, Davis added 12 more points to his scoring total while missing just two of his six shots attempted.  He also had eight rebounds, three assists, and one steal while James helped out with seven points.  Green had just two points while Caldwell-Pope was held scoreless.  Rajon Rondo played the most minutes off of the bench as he had 15 points.

On the other end of the floor, Westbrook and Harden combined for 25 points while Gordon had two three-pointers.  Gordon also had one defensive rebound and two assists while both Tucker and Covington were held scoreless.  Jeff Green played 18 minutes off of the bench but only had seven points as the Lakers held on to grab a 112-102 victory.  LeBron James finished with 36 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and 4 blocks.  James Harden finished with 33 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Lakers will look to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series as they play the Houston Rockets on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

The Lakers advance to the next round as they hand the Trail Blazers a 131-122 loss

The Lakers advance to the next round as they hand the Trail Blazers a 131-122 loss

Saturday, August 29, 2020

 

Tonight marks the fifth game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers in their best-of-seven series.  The Lakers went on to win the last game as LeBron James had 30 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists, and one block.  They will look to close the series out and advance to the next round tonight.

INACTIVES:

Portland Trail Blazers:

-Zach Collins (ankle)
-Wenyen Gabriel (coach’s decision)
-Nassir Little (dehydration)
-Damian Lillard (knee)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Dion Waiters (coach’s decision)
-Devontae Cacok
-Kostas Antetokounmpo
-Rajon Rondo (back)
-Talen Horton-Tucker

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Los Angeles Lakers shot 56% from the field while the Portland Trail Blazers shot 53%.  LeBron James would start off hot as he scored 24 points, knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Anthony Davis contributed 12 points to go along with three rebounds, three assists, and one steal.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chalked up five points while JaVale McGee and Danny Green scored five points combined.  Kyle Kuzma played the most minutes off the bench but only had four points.

As for the Oregon ball club, C.J. McCollum recorded 21 points, knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  Ten-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony helped out with 18 points while hitting 3 three-pointers in the second period.  He also had five rebounds and one assist while Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Trent Jr. combined for 17 points.  Hassan Whiteside was limited to just two points but did record four rebounds and one assist.  Anfernee Simons played 11 minutes off the bench to score eight points as both teams went into halftime with a tied score of 68 apiece.

The Lakers would close things out in the second half as they went on a 63 to 54 run, shooting 52% from the field.  During that run, Davis added 31 more points to his scoring total, missing just one of his ten shots attempted.  He also had six rebounds and one assist while James scored 12 points, knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Caldwell-Pope and Green combined for 11 points while McGee was held scoreless.  Alex Caruso played the most minutes off the bench but only had three points.

On the other end of the court, McCollum scored 15 more points while Anthony had nine.  Whiteside was kept scoreless while Trent Jr. and Nurkic scored 15 points combined.  Simons played 16 minutes off the bench but only had five points as the Lakers came away with a 131-122 win to advance to the second round.  Anthony Davis finished the game with 43 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and one steal.  CJ McCollum finished with 36 points, 6 rebounds, a playoff career-high-tying 7 assists, and one steal.

T.J. Warren seals the deal as the Pacers defeat the Lakers, 116-111

T.J. Warren seals the deal as the Pacers defeat the Lakers, 116-111

Saturday, August 8, 2020

 

The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to recover from a 113-97 loss they took in the hands of the Houston Rockets on Thursday.  They will hope to avoid a third straight loss as they battle the Indiana Pacers tonight.  As for the Pacers, they will try to avoid a second consecutive loss, coming off of a 114-99 loss handed to them by the Phoenix Suns.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 17 when the Pacers crept away with a 105-102 win.  During that game, Domantas Sabonis scored 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists while LeBron James had 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Indiana Pacers have played each other a grand total of 97 times as the Lakers won 64 games while the Pacers were limited to 33 victories.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Markieff Morris (coach’s decision; 9.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 43.9 FG%, 37.4 3P%)
-Rajon Rondo (thumb; 7.1 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 5.0 APG, 41.8 FG%, 32.8 3P%)
-J.R. Smith (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Dion Waiters (coach’s decision; 10.0 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 36.8 FG%, 28.2 3P%)
-Devontae Cacok
-Danny Green (hip; 8.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 41.7 FG%, 36.7 3P%)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 APG)

Indiana Pacers:

-Jeremy Lamb (knee; 12.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.1 APG, 45.1 FG%, 33.5 3P%)
-Domantas Sabonis (foot; 18.5 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 5.0 APG, 54.0 FG%, 25.4 3P%)
-Alize Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 46.7 FG%)
-T.J. Leaf (coach’s decision; 2.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 31.3 3P%)
-Edmond Sumner (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.7 FG%, 26.7 3P%)
-Brian Bowen (0.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Naz Mitrou-Long (3.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, 35.3 FG%, 16.7 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The contest would be held close in the first half as the Los Angeles Lakers shot 47% from the field while the Indiana Pacers shot 51%.  Three-time NBA champion LeBron James got hot for 17 points while shooting 80%.  He was also able to knock down a three-pointer while grabbing three rebounds and dishing out two assists.  Anthony Davis chalked up six points while shooting just 29%.  He did have six rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks while both Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a three-pointer each.  Kyle Kuzma played 13 minutes off the bench but only had three points.

On the other end of the floor, T.J. Warren recorded 18 points which included two three-pointers in the first period.  Malcolm Brogdon and Victor Oladipo combined for 21 points while Aaron Holiday helped out with four points.  Texas-native Myler Turner would be held to just a free-throw.  Justin Holiday played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer while the Lakers went into halftime with a 59-54 advantage.

The Indiana Pacers would come back to close things out in the second half as they went on a 62 to 52 run, shooting 54% from the field.  During that run, Warren stayed hot as he dropped 21 more points on 73% shooting.  He was able to knock down 3 three-pointers in the process while Brogdon had 13 points.  Victor Oladipo chalked up 12 points which included two three-pointers.  T.J. McConnell played the most minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the California ball club, James added 14 more points to his scoring total while Anthony Davis was held to two points.  Quinn Cook played 13 minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it was the Pacers who escaped with a 116-111 win, thanks to two clutch shots by T.J. Warren.  Warren finished the game with 39 points, along with 5 rebounds, and one assist while LeBron James had 31 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Lakers will battle Nikola Jokic (20.2 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 52.6 FG%, 30.9 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (45-24) on Monday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on February 12 when the Nuggets fell to the Lakers, 120-116.  Anthony Davis finished that game with 33 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Jamal Murray had 32 points, 3 rebounds, and 10 assists.

The Indiana Pacers will meet up with Jimmy Butler (20.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 6.1 APG, 45.6 FG%, 24.8 3P%) and the Miami Heat (43-26) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  It will be the third of four times that these teams will fight each other this season.  January 8 was the last time they played each other as the Heat ran away with a 122-108 victory.  During that game, Tyler Herro scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and gave out 2 assists while Domantas Sabonis had 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists.

The Lakers get by the Nuggets with a 105 to 96 victory

The Lakers get by the Nuggets with a 105 to 96 victory

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

 

The Los Angeles Lakers ten-game win streak came to an end on Sunday as they fell to Luka Doncic-led Dallas Mavericks, 114-100.  That game marked the first of many difficult games for the Lakers this December as they will play only four times at the Staples Center this month.  The Lakers will hope to grab a win tonight, though, as they battle the Denver Nuggets in Colorado.

The Nuggets, on the other hand, just recently came off a streak of their own.  On Saturday, they lost to the Sacramento Kings in a 100-97 overtime loss, ending their six-game win streak.  Tonight’s matchup between the Nuggets and Lakers will mark the first of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Lakers and the Nuggets have battled each other a grand total of 203 times in the past as the Nuggets won 77 games while the Lakers went on to grab 126 victories.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Avery Bradley (leg; 9.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.8 APG, 48.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
-DeMarcus Cousins (knee)
-Quinn Cook (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.6 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 40.0 FG%, 57.1 3P%)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (G-League)
-Zach Norvell (G-League)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)

Denver Nuggets:

-Bol Bol (foot)
-Torrey Craig (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 34.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Michael Porter (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 44.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Vlatko Cancar (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-PJ Dozier (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Lakers would have a slight advantage in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Denver team shot forty-four percent.  LeBron James scored 13 points which included a three-pointer in the first period.  He also had three rebounds and three assists while Anthony Davis earned himself 10 points and seven rebounds.

Former Wizards’ center JaVale McGee contributed with four points while collecting four rebounds and blocking one shot.  Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope combined for just four points.  Rajon Rondo played the most minutes off the bench as he scored nine points, hitting two three-pointers in the process.

On the other end of the court, Jamal Murray chalked up 11 points on fifty-percent shooting.  He also had four rebounds, two assists, and a steal while Paul Millsap had nine points.  Gary Harris chalked up four points while Nikola Jokic had three points, one rebound, five assists, and two steals.  Jerami Grant played nine minutes off the bench but only had five points as the Lakers went into the locker room with a 60-49 lead.

The Lakers would continue to impress in the second half as they shot forty-two percent from the field, keeping the Nuggets at thirty-seven percent shooting.  Davis had 15 more points to go along with three rebounds and a block.  He also had a three-pointer while James earned 12 points, three rebounds, and six assists.

As for the home team, Millsap scored 12 more points while Murray and Jokic combined for 21 points.  Gary Harris had five points but it was not enough as the Lakers came away with a 105-96 victory.  LeBron James finished with 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists while Jamal Murray had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Lakers will head to Utah to take on Donovan Mitchell (24.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.6 APG, 43.5 FG%, 36.9 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (12-9) on Wednesday.  This will mark the second of four meetings between these two teams this season.  The last time they played each other was on October 25 when the Lakers beat the Jazz, 95-86.  LeBron James finished that game with 32 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal while Donovan Mitchell had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

The Denver Nuggets will travel to the Big Apple to battle Marcus Morris (18.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.3 APG, 42.4 FG%, 52.4 3P%) and the New York Knicks (4-17) on Thursday.  This will mark the first of two times that they will see each other this season.

The Lakers grab their seventh straight win against the Heat, 95-80

The Lakers grab their seventh straight win against the Heat, 95-80

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.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-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)

GAMETIME:

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.

So…what’s next?

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.

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.