NBA Finals: Lakers wins the first battle, Miami Heat no match for Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers has easily won the first game of NBA finals defeating Miami Heat. Lakers ably led by LeBron James proved to be too good for Heat as they won the first battle by comfortable points margin of 116-98. 

Anthony Davis scored 34 points in his finals debut, James had 25 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists and the Lakers rolled past the Heat 116-98. 

Lakers beat Heat Game 1 : The Heat left beaten and battered in NBA Finals first game

Pope scored 13 points, Danny Green had 11 and Alex Caruso finished with 10 for the Lakers. They returned to the finals for the first time in a decade and sent a very clear message. James’ teams had been 1-8 in Game 1 of past finals, with losses in each of the last seven openers.

Not this one.

“We kind of picked it up on both ends of the floor,” Davis said.

Jimmy Butler tried putting up some fight with a twisted left ankle to score 23 points for Miami. The Heat lost point guard Goran Dragic at halftime to a left foot injury and saw All-Star center Bam Adebayo leave in the third quarter after apparently aggravating a left shoulder problem.

Kendrick Nunn scored 18 points for the Heat, Tyler Herro had 14 and Jae Crowder 12. Adebayo was held to eight points in 21 minutes, and Miami went with subs for a fourth-quarter burst that turned a total rout into something only slightly more palatable in terms of final margin.

Game 2 of the Seven Match series will be played on Friday night (Saturday Morning IST @ 6.30am)