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Lakers vs. Warmth dwell rating, updates, highlights from Recreation 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals

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Folks, we’ve finally reached that point: It’s time for Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals.

Almost a full year after the 2019-20 season began, the Heat and Lakers are prepared to battle for the Larry O’Brien trophy. The ride to get here has been bumpy to say the least — cue the virtual fans nodding in agreement — but these teams earned their spots in the series. Don’t even start with that asterisk talk.

Will LeBron James and Anthony Davis lead the Lakers to the title? Or can Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and the Heat pull off one more upset?

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Lakers vs. Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals. Follow below for complete results from Game 1.

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Lakers vs. Heat score

Game 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Score
Lakers 31 34 28 93
Heat 28 20 19 67

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Lakers vs. Heat live updates, highlights from Game 1

(All times Eastern)

11:25 p.m. — Not a huge shocker, but Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo are both out for the rest of Game 1, per ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.

11:20 p.m. — Jimmy Butler nearly turned his ankle again. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra needs to take him off the floor right now.

11:10 p.m. — The face of every Heat fan watching Game 1…

End of third quarter: Lakers 93, Heat 67

10:55 p.m. — And now Bam Adebayo is heading back to the locker room with what appears to be a shoulder injury. A worst-case scenario here for the Heat.

10:45 p.m. — This is pure domination. The Lakers kick off the third quarter with a 15-6 run, and their lead has ballooned to 26 points. The Heat just don’t have an answer on either end of the floor.

10:35 p.m. — Bad news for the Heat: Goran Dragic is doubtful to return with a left foot injury. Tyler Herro took his place in the lineup to start the second half.

The Heat say that Goran Dragic (left foot) is doubtful to return. Possibly happened on a play where he stepped on Rajon Rondo’s foot and came off it funny. Dragic actually came out of the Heat locker room for the second half, then went back inside before reaching the court.

— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) October 1, 2020

Halftime: Lakers 65, Heat 48

10:15 p.m. — It looked like Jimmy Butler landed awkwardly and twisted his ankle on a drive near the end of the first half, but he’s staying in the game. The Heat will need him if they’re going to cut down what has become a significant Lakers lead.

10 p.m. — The Lakers aren’t known as a great shooting team. Apparently they didn’t get the memo. Los Angeles is 11-of-17 from beyond the arc, and eight Lakers have made at least one 3-point field goal.

9:50 p.m. — Banking in a corner 3-pointer? Sure, Tyler Herro can do that.

9:45 p.m. — Rajon Rondo may not like the “Playoff Rondo” nickname, but it fits right now. He’s already got seven points and two assists off the bench.

End of first quarter: Lakers 31, Heat 28

9:40 p.m. — After facing a double-digit deficit, the Lakers rally behind a strong opening frame from Anthony Davis, who has 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting.

9:25 p.m. — The Heat offense is cooking: 9-of-12 on field goals and 3-of-3 from 3-point range. Miami has a 13-point lead halfway through the first quarter.

9:15 p.m. — And here we go! Jae Crowder and Anthony Davis drain back-to-back 3-pointers to open the scoring.

9:05 p.m. — The starting lineups for each team…

Lakers: Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard

Heat: Goran Dragic, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, Bam Adebayo

8:45 p.m. — Dwight Howard will be the starting center for the Lakers in Game 1, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. He is expected to defend Heat star Bam Adebayo throughout the series.

8:25 p.m. — The Lakers are feeling the love from other pro sports teams in Los Angeles. Teamwork makes the dream work.

NBA Finals schedule 2020

(All times Eastern)

Date Game Time National TV
Sept. 30 Game 1 9 p.m. ABC
Oct. 2 Game 2 9 p.m. ABC
Oct. 4 Game 3 7:30 p.m. ABC
Oct. 6 Game 4 9 p.m. ABC
Oct. 9 Game 5* 9 p.m. ABC
Oct. 11 Game 6* 7:30 p.m. ABC
Oct. 13 Game 7* 9 p.m. ABC

* If necessary

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