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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — After the undermanned Miami Heat notched their first win of the NBA Finals 115-104 on Sunday to draw the series to 2-1, the leaders of the Los Angeles Lakers insisted their resolve remains strong.
“I don’t ever feel like we let our guard down,” LeBron James said after his 25-point, 10-rebound, 8-assist performance was marred by eight turnovers. “Also, I don’t feel like we’re concerned. We’re not concerned. We know we can play a lot better. We have another opportunity to take a commanding lead on Tuesday. You relish that opportunity.”
Forward Anthony Davis, whose 15-point output Sunday was less than half his series average of 33.0 points per game coming into the night, echoed James’ confidence.
“Trust me,” he said. “We’ll be fine.”
The Lakers were far from fine in Game 3. They fell down by as many as 13 points in the first quarter, with their 10 turnovers in the opening frame opening the door for Miami — which lost both Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo to injury in Game 1 — to avoid an 0-3 hole and near-certain championship disappointment.
James was the main culprit