The Miami Heat competed. They just didn’t roll over for the Los Angeles Lakers.
But playing without injured centre 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.
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 utilised a zone defence in an attempt to slow the Lakers, sorely missed Adebayo’s defense.
The Heat drew fouls, shooting 34 free throws and making 31, but defence was and will remain a problem for Miami as long as Adebayo isn’t on the court.
It became apparent in Game 1 that Miami would have trouble beating the Lakers without two starters. That idea was reinforced in Game 2.
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