The Miami Heat saw their seven-game, West Coast trip as a chance to build the team chemistry and improve their game.
Until now, that’s held true. The Heat knocked off the defending champ Los Angeles Lakers 96-94 Saturday at Staples. Miami is currently 3-3 on the trip that ends Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Nunn led the Heat with 27 points, consisting of Five 3-pointers, in a rematch of the previous year NBA Finals. The Heat lost to the Lakers in 6 games. Onward Jimmy Butler added 24 points as well as 8 rebounds and center. Bam Adebayo had 16 points and rebounds.
Adebayo likewise recorded a highlight-reel block on Lakers star LeBron James, who completed with 19 points, 9 assists as well as nine rebounds. The Lakers were once more playing without injured starters Anthony Davis and also Dennis Schroder
“LeBron James had 19 points, nine assists and nine rebounds as the defending NBA champions lost their second straight game without starters Anthony Davis and Dennis Schröder.
James stole the Heat’s inbounds pass with 8.4 seconds left to create one last chance for the Lakers, but the 17-time All-Star passed off to Alex Caruso, who missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Heat scored only 15 points in the fourth quarter and barely held off Los Angeles down the stretch for their second straight win after a three-game skid during their seven-game road trip.
Los Angeles also lost back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 27-28, falling to East contenders Brooklyn and Miami at Staples Center.
Davis missed his third straight game after aggravating his strained right calf last weekend, and Schröder missed his second straight under the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points while hitting four 3-pointers, and Montrezl Harrell had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Lakers took their third loss in 11 games.”Source