LAL 116 MIA 98

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LAL 116 MIA 98: Lakers, LeBron Roll In Game 1 Of Finals

LeBron James finally got an easy Game 1 in the NBA Finals.

A very easy one, at that.

Anthony Davis scored 34 points in his finals debut, James had 25 points—including this showtime reverse at just before halftime—as well as 13 rebounds and nine assists and the Los Angeles Lakers rolled past the Miami Heat 116-98 last night.

Kentavious Caldwell-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.

The Lakers did whatever they wanted. They outrebounded Miami 54-36, led by as many as 32 points, and made 15 3-pointers—a big number for a team that doesn’t necessarily count on piling up that many points from beyond the arc. They’re 21-3 this season when making at least 14 3s.

The only stretch that provided hope for Miami came in the first six minutes. The Heat scored on six consecutive possessions in what became a 13-0 run to take a 23-10 lead midway through the opening period.

So, the first six minutes were fine for Miami.

They were outscored by 30+ points the rest of the way.

Game 2 is tomorrow night.

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