Premier Highlights From NBA Finals Game 1
The NBA Finals has reached its 74th installment, but this series is like no other as it’s held at a completely neutral site without the influential presence of fans. The lack of a crowd didn’t appear to rattle the “home team” Lake Show as 35-year-old King James terrorized the Heat, confirming his incredible durability and fine-wine tendencies. The Brow also raged through Miami’s defense, which proved to be incapable of keeping him in check. Game 1 also saw KCP hustling hard to erase Herro’s layup, Iguodala striking again, and LA draining 3’s.
Enjoy the best highlights from the Heat vs. Lakers in NBA Finals Game 1:
*Via @NBA on Twitter/YouTube
Once again, Anthony Davis proved why he’s the big man on (Orlando’s) campus with an exuberant showing in a thoroughly dominant day in the painted area to coincide with a pair of triples. His game-high 34 points ties him for the third-most points scored by a Laker in an NBA Finals debut, only behind Shaquille O’Neil and George Mikan.
AD propels LAL to 1-0 lead! goes for 34 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST, 3 BLK as the win Game 1 of the presented by YouTube TV!— NBA (@NBA)
Game 2: Friday - 9:00pm/et, ABC
AD just having himself a feast at the basket— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers)
AD is feelin’ it!— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers)
LeBron James’ one-year hiatus from the NBA Finals is perhaps exactly what he needed to recharge his batteries as he was exceptional, logging one assist shy of a triple-double. If this performance is a precursor of what’s to come, then his former Miami squad better batten down the hatches.
HIGHLIGHTS: drops 25 pts, 13 reb and 9 ast in his return to the— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers)
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers)
Even on plays that didn’t count, the King made it look easy.
Some fun for LBJ after the buzzer! Game 1 on ABC— NBA (@NBA)
In the first half, the Lakers decided to come out guns blazing and use all their ammunition as they fired in 11 bombs from long-distance on a startling 64% efficiency rate. In tune with this feat, LeBron James added to his lore by capturing sole possession of the second-place spot on the all-time made playoff three-pointers list.
The shoot an efficient 11-17 from 3-point land in the opening half of Game 1 on ABC!— NBA (@NBA)
Bron passes Klay Thompson for 2nd all-time in 3PT— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport)
As one of LA’s top options to dial it up from deep, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope presented his wide array of skills on a rather remarkable rejection to bring Tyler Herro’s layup attempt to a screeching halt.
KCP hustles back for the chasedown rejection on ABC!— NBA (@NBA)
Still energized from the juices of the Heat’s , Andre Iguodala was active on the offensive glass with this well-timed putback jam to add onto Miami’s early lead.
ANDRE THROW DOWN ALERT— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT)
The LA Lakers and Miami Heat clearly made quick turn arounds from their non-playoff finishes a season ago to emerge as the league’s top two teams amidst a worldwide pandemic. Part one of the NBA Finals’ best-of-seven-games saga saw LA operate like a well-oiled machine as they pumped out the win by a jarring 18-point margin, with LBJ and AD looking near unstoppable.
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