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LeBron James recorded 25 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists, Anthony Davis added a game-high 34 points and 9 rebounds, and the 3-pointers were dropping for the Lakers, who turned an early 13-point deficit into a 32-point lead.
For the Heat, the injuries have already piled up. All-Star Bam Adebayo left in the third quarter with a shoulder strain, while guard Goran Dragic suffered a left foot injury before halftime. (Jimmy Butler rolled his left ankle in the second quarter but remained in the game.)
Here’s what our NBA experts were watching most closely in Game 1 and what it means for the series moving forward.
Davis looks the part in his first NBA Finals game
Anthony Davis’ Finals debut was everything Lakers fans dreamed about when the team acquired him in the summer of 2019.
Coming into this postseason, it was fair to question whether Davis could thrive deep into the playoffs. After all, in his previous seven years in the NBA, he