The number 3 of Los Angeles was once again key to a new triumph of the franchise in the definition of the best league in the world of basketball. Sunday, game 3 in the Orlando bubble
October 3, 2020 Share on FacebookShare Share on TwitterTweet Share on WhatsAppShareThe brilliant performance of Anthony Davis in Game 2 of the NBA Finals
The Los Angeles Lakers took one more step on their way to establishing themselves as the new NBA champions. For the second game of the finals, the Los Angeles franchise beat the Miami Heat 124-114 to lead 2-0 in the series . As it happened in the first game, Anthony Davis was decisive again and completed a great personal performance to which was added that of LeBron James to lead the team.
The outlook for Miami in the preview could not be more complicated. Before the start of the match it was confirmed that two of its starters were not going to take to the field in the Orlando bubble to compete: Goran Dragic suffered a tear in the left plantar fascia and Bam Adebayo had a strain on the left side of his neck . Without two of their banners, the Heat tried to control the Lakers 'furious attack, but could not contain Davis' offensive eruption.
LA's number 3 was decisive on both sides of the court and finished the game with 32 points (15 of 20 from the field goal) and 14 rebounds (eight offensive) . Of the 17 games that the Lakers have in these playoffs, of which they won 14, the Ceja scored more than 30 in eight games to equal other glories of the Los Angeles franchise in their first season dressed in purple and gold like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Elgin Baylor .
After winning the first half by 14 points (68-54), the best version of Anthony Davis was seen in the third quarter. In that period, he converted 15 points without missing shots at the rim and helped his team get a distance that ended up being irrecoverable for the Heat. His dominance on the offensive board helped the Lakers get second chances and broke the zone defense set up by coach Erick Spoelstra.
Kendrick Nunn's spectacular plug on Anthony Davis
Beyond his fantastic performance, the Los Angeles giant was the star of one of the night's plays. With just over 7 minutes remaining for the end of the game, and with an advantage of 10 for those in black (111-101), Davis received a shocking stopper from Kendrick Nunn , who when the 2.08 meter player lent himself to define under the rim he was blocked by the point guard who is 20 centimeters shorter than the pivot.
The top scorer of the game was LeBron James, who finished with 33 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists with a 14-25 from the court. The King along with Davis added 65 points and broke a historical record of the franchise that includes other glories of the Lakers : the duo achieved their 10th game surpassing the barrier of 60 combined points in the playoffs and left behind the duo of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, who in the 2001 postseason had managed to do it in nine games, the same mark that Elgin Baylor and Jerry West achieved in 1968.
Despite trying to fight LA's physical rigor, Miami couldn't and is 0-2 in the series. The best of the Heat was Jimmy Butler , author of 25 points, 13 assists – one of his personal record – and 8 rebounds . After the game, the star of the Florida team spoke with the press and anticipated that they will not give up despite the dominance shown by the Lakers in the first two games of the NBA finals. “We have never given up. Let's fight. It is not over, ”said number 22.
“We are down 2-0, we have to do something special and we are capable of doing it. But we have to play near perfect to beat these guys . And if we don't do it soon, this is not going to be nice, ”Butler added. On Sunday at 6.30pm (Mexico time) and 8.30pm in Argentina, the third game in the definition of the best basketball league in the world.
Summary of game 2 of the NBA finals between Lakers and Miami