The play of the game for the Miami Heat came early in the second quarter, after rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr. stole the ball.
On Monday night, the Miami Heat (3-4) defeated the Los Angeles Lakers (3-4) 108-107.
Although the Heat led by 11 points going into the fourth quarter, the victory wasn’t very pretty, but both sides produced numerous highlight-reel plays. Miami’s first occurred early in the second quarter.
During a drive, rookie forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. tore the ball out of LeBron James’ hands. Josh Richardson attempted to dump the ball inside when Jaquez threw him an outlet pass. Duncan Robinson was the recipient of a deflected pass that ended up driving into the paint. He dished a bounce pass to center Thomas Bryant for the slam dunk.
This play encapsulated the first three quarters of Miami’s performance against LA. They were firing on all cylinders, with Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler combining for 43 points by the end of the third.
However, in typical Heat fashion, the lead was shrunk to one with roughly nine seconds remaining in the game. James penetrated, then kicked it out to forward Cam Reddish, who was unable to bury the game-winner.
Adebayo scored a triple-double of 20 points to lead Miami in scoring. After Monday’s victory over the Washington Wizards, guard Tyler Herro was just one assist short from recording a triple double.
The Heat take on the Memphis Grizzlies (0–6) on Wednesday as the first of a four-game road trip.