James, after an injury-plagued season last year in which his Lakers failed to make even the playoffs, came back this season with the third dynamic duo and set forth on a quest to reign over the NBA for the fourth time in his career.
So far, his chances are looking good. However, they’re only 1-0 in the NBA Finals because of superstar Anthony Davis.
Davis, who was dealt to the Lakers for a plethora of high-value assets this past offseason, scored 34 points, the most in the game. LeBron’s 25 were the second most. Davis also secured nine rebounds and five assists.
Davis’ 34 points ranked as the third-most in a Finals debut. +23 on the game, it wasn’t just Davis’ offensive eruption that helped propel the Lakers to victory.
His three blocks and absolute dominance over Most Improve Player of the Year candidate Bam Adebayo, another fellow Wildcat, was a huge reason Los Angeles was able to keep Miami for just the second time this postseason. Adebayo was held to just eight points and four boards, though he exited the game after 21 minutes of action due to a shoulder sprain.
Tyler Herro registered 14 points on 6/18 shooting with four boards and three assists.
The Lakers got down 13 early, but they were able to storm back on the back of Davis. If you watched the game, one thing was clear — Davis just wanted it more. He’s had a career of playoff and/or regular season failures.
He’s has enough of the disrespect, and after he averages over 30 this series, he’ll finally have the entire league understanding just how dominant he is.
The Lakers and Heat will again take the court for Game 2 on Friday, October 2, at 9:00 pm EST on ABC. Be ready for another terrific performance from the former Wildcat superstar Anthony Davis.