LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Miami Heat competed. They just didn’t roll over for the Los Angeles Lakers.
But playing without injured center Bam Adebayo and point guard Goran Dragic, the Heat were at a significant disadvantage and the Lakers took advantage.
Los Angeles defeated Miami 124-114 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Friday, taking a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 is Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC).
Anthony Davis had another 30-point outing with 32 points and 14 rebounds, and LeBron James delivered 33 points, nine assists and nine rebounds. Rajon Rondo contributed 16 points off the bench.
The Heat, which utilized a zone defense in an attempt to slow the Lakers, sorely missed Adebayo’s defense. It became apparent in Game 1 that Miami would have trouble beating the Lakers without two starters. That idea was reinforced in Game 2.
Davis and James were a combined 29-for-45 from the field with Davis making 15 of his 20 shots. The Lakers were a decent 34% on 3-pointers, but they did their damage inside the line, shooting 33-of-50 on 2-point attempts.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis combined for 65 points on 29-of-45 shooting. (Photo: Kevin C. Cox, Getty Images)
Miami had solid offense against the Lakers and trailed 111-101 with 6:21 left in the fourth quarter.
Miami forward Jimmy Butler had 25 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds. The Heat’s Tyler Herro, who broke Magic Johnson’s record as the youngest player to start in a Finals game, had 17 points and seven rebounds and Kelly Olynk, who received a majority of Adebayo’s minutes, had 24 points and nine rebounds.
The Heat attacked Los Angeles’ defense and drew fouls, shooting 34 free throws and making 31.
But defense was and will remain a problem for Miami as long as Adebayo isn’t on the court.
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