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FSM Essential Recap: Lakers vs Heat – NBA Finals – Game 2

Los Angeles Lakers (14-3) |  Miami Heat (12-5)


The Lakers jump out to a 2-0 lead over the shorthanded Heat, 124-114.


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The Los Angeles Lakers won Game 1 of the NBA Finals in dominant fashion over the Miami Heat, 116-98.

Not only did Miami lose on the scoreboard, but they also lost some important players in the process.

Bam Adebayo got injured on an offensive drive in the third quarter when he barreled into Dwight Howard and appeared to hurt his shoulder. He left the game and never returned. The All-Star big man was ruled out of Game 2 with a neck strain but is hopeful to come back for Game 3.

Goran Dragic also seemed to get injured on an offensive drive, which occurred in the second quarter. He seemed to roll his ankle on the play, but it turned to be a lot more serious. Dragic suffered a torn plantar fascia in his left foot, which will most likely have him out for the rest of the series.

In their absence, the Heat started Meyers Leonard and Tyler Herro. Leonard has not really played too much recently in the postseason, although he did receive some garbage time minutes in Game 1. Herro, on the other hand, has been one of the rising stars for Miami since entering the bubble. He has been putting up insane numbers due to his streaky hot shooting but was put in shackles by the Los Angeles defense in Game 1.

All things looked to be going the Lakers way heading into Game 2, but the Heat were not going to down without a fight, managing to give the Lakers a tough game for most of the contest. The Lake Show was in a fight for most of the first half, until they finally got things rolling toward halftime. At the half, Los Angeles was leading by double digits, 68-54.

Anthony Davis was off to great shooting start with 15 points on 7-8 (87.5%) shooting from the floor. LeBron James was right behind him with 12 points on 5-9 (55%) shooting from the field. James also grabbed four rebounds and dished out six assists by the half.


For Miami, their best player and leader Jimmy Butler, had 11 points, five rebounds, and eight assists. Despite having 11 points by halftime, Butler was having a rough shooting night, going 2-7 (28.5%).


Lakers vs Heat
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To start the third quarter, the Lakers flirted with being up by around 20 points, but failed to put it away. The Heat were not going to go away so easily.

James ended the game leading all scorers with 33 points, finishing 14-25 (56%) from the floor. He had another near triple-double with nine rebounds and nine assists.

Davis was right behind his superstar teammate with 32 points on a superb 15-20 (75%) shooting performance. He also recorded a double-double with 14 rebounds.

Although with a poor shooting performance of 4-14 (28.5%) from the field, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished with 11 points.

Off the bench, Rajon Rondo came in to once again show why he is a championship-winning veteran point guard. He finished with a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists. Opposite of Caldwell-Pope, Rondo had quite the shooting night; going 5-9 (55%) from the field and 3-4 (75%) from behind the arc.


Kyle Kuzma also contributed with 11 points on 3-8 (37.5%) shooting and 2-6 (33%) from three.


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On the other side, Butler also managed to finish with a double-double of his own with 25 points and 13 assists.

It was another slow night for Herro, who finished with 17 points on 5-12 (41.6%) shooting.

Jae Crowder stepped up and had himself a good shooting game with 12 points on 5-6 (83%) shooting from the floor.

Kelly Olynk also stepped up for Miami with a near double-double of 24 points and nine rebounds. He shot 9-16 (56.2%) from the field and 3-7 (42.8%) from beyond the arc.

Kendrick Nunn continued his hot shooting from the garbage time minutes in Game 1 to finish with 13 points on 3-7 (42.8%) shooting.

At the end however, the Lakers prevailed as winners of Game 2, 124-114. This victory makes Los Angeles 3-0 when wearing the black snakeskin uniforms that were designed by the late great Kobe Bryant.


Game 3 will be on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 4:30pm. You can watch the game on ABC.



NBA Finals schedule (All times PT)

  • Game 1 – Lakers 116 – Heat 98
  • Game 2 – Lakers 124 – Heat 114
  • Game 3 – Sunday, October 4, 4:30 p.m.—ABC
  • Game 4 – Tuesday, October 6, 6 p.m.—ABC
  • Game 5* – Friday, October 9, 6 p.m.—ABC
  • Game 6* – Sunday, October 11, 4:30 p.m.—ABC
  • Game 7* – Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 p.m.—ABC

*If required

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