The Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t have had a better start on his return to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010 when he achieved an easy 116-98 victory this Wednesday against the decimated Miami Heat, in the first game of the series that will play the best of seven.
As expected the combination of center Anthony Davis and forward LeBron James, who contributed 59 points, was the key that kept the game always under the control of the Lakers, who were returning to an NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.
Davis, who contributed 34 pointsWith nine rebounds and five assists, he was the leader of the Lakers’ balanced attack, which had five players with double-digit numbers, in what was their first game in an NBA Finals.
While James, who disputes the tenths in his professional career, and looking for his fourth league title, he was on the verge of a triple double after contributing 25 points 13 rebounds -12 defensively-, and distributed nine assists.
Guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13 points, forward Danny Green had 11 and reserve point guard Alex Caruso finished with another 10 points.
The Lakers wasted no time proving that they were the best team on the court. the orlando bubble by dominating on both sides of the field and in all facets of the game.
The message was very clear from stars James and Davis and It was not another that they are ready not only to get the title but to ensure it as soon as possible.
Furthermore, James had the satisfaction of seeing that, a first game of the NBA Finals It was comfortable for him and also a triumph, the second he has had in the 10 he has already played (2-8), after he had suffered seven consecutive defeats.
While the Heat had the forward Jimmy Butler with 23 points and five assists as his top scorer and the only one who could compete at the same level with the NBA stars, the rest disappeared.
Butler, despite having discomfort in the left ankle, who was twisted in the last minutes of the first half, remained in the permanent fight, but he only could not face the offensive power of the Lakers, who also dominated within the paint and the inside game by capturing 54 rebounds po just 36 of the Heat, who became a real infirmary.
The Miami team suffered the loss of the Slovenian base Goran Dragic at halftime after injuring his left foot, while star center Bam Adebayo also had to go to the locker room in the third period when the discomfort he was dragging on his left shoulder worsened.
Backup guard rookie Kendrick Nunn scored 18 points as second top scorer for the Heat, while guard Tyler Herro, also a first year in the NBA, reached 14 and forward Jae Crowder scored another 12 points.
Adebayo was limited to eight points in 21 minutes, and Miami left with substitutes for a blast in the fourth quarter which made a total loss only slightly more palatable, at least in terms of final point margin.
The Lakers always imposed the rhythm of the game and had a partial advantage of up to 32 points and finished the game with 15 triples, something unusual with the Los Angeles team that does not have shots from outside the perimeter as your first offensive options.
But when to overcome the barrier of 14 triples, So far this season they have a winning record of 21-3.
The only competitive leg of the match And what gave the Heat hope for what they could do in the series came in the first six minutes, when the Miami team scored on six straight possessions in what turned into a 13-0 run to take a partial lead. 23-10 midway through the initial period.
But there the good game ended and the dominance of the Heat, who are in their sixth NBA Finals, the first since 2014, when James himself played with them and they lost them to the San Antonio Spurs (1-4).
The rest of the way in the first half was a complete walk for the Lakers with Partial 55-25 and 65-48 at halftime.
And if things weren’t bad enough for Miami already, the Heat determined in half that Dragic, playing in his first game of an NBA Finals, He could not continue because of the injury to his left foot.
The Lakers, with everything in their favor, started the third period with another 18-3 streak and the exhibition was already guaranteed, as was the victory.
The second game of the series will be played on Friday in the same stage of the bubble of Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando.