The Los Angeles Lakers are back in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010 and they did not mess around. An impressive game for Anthony Davis and the Lakers as they took the 116-98 victory Wednesday over Miami in Game 1.
Davis and LeBron James made their mark on the court with 34 and 25 points respectively. James also led the night with 13 rebounds while Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope secured 13 points for the team, going 2-6 from the 3-point line.
Davis carried the team in the first quarter scoring 11 points and asserting himself as the lead scorer throughout the game. However, the Heat came on strong, securing a 13 point lead over the Lakers, mostly thanks to Jae Crowder. The Lakers came back to lead at the end of the first quarter with 31-28.
Not only did Davis play a successful game, but he also set a record with a historic NBA Finals debut as the Lakers' 3rd highest-scoring debut in franchise history.
“I felt good,” Davis said in a postgame interview, “Obviously the nerves are there but when the ball is tipped up, we just go out there and play basketball. I tried to do that tonight.”
The Lakers pulled ahead even further in the 2nd quarter, leading 65-48 at the half. The Heat’s Jimmy Butler appeared to injure his ankle as he hobbled off the court at the end of the half and headed to the Heat locker room as point guard Goran Dragic left the game at halftime with a plantar tear in his left foot. A scramble for the ball at the end of the 2nd quarter resulted in a jump ball, leading to two killer baskets by Davis and two free throws from James to wrap up the half.
The 3rd Quarter got off to a fiery start as the Lakers absolutely dominated the court, securing a 26-point lead in the first four minutes. Heat center Bam Adebayo exited the game in the third after an injury to his left shoulder.
Notable fans in virtual attendance included Shaquille O’Neal and none other than former POTUS himself, Barack Obama.
Game 2 is Friday.