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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Heat – Game 35 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (17-18) | Miami Heat (20-14)

 

On Wednesday night, it was the Lakers vs Heat at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. Once again, L.A. was inconsistent as the Lakers fell below .500 after the 110-96 defeat.

 

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Photo Credit: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times

The Lakers looked to get back on track Wednesday night when they hosted the Miami Heat in their first game of 2024.

The Lakers were without a few key pieces in D’Angelo Russell and Rui Hachimura, while the Heat were without Jimmy Butler and Caleb Martin. Ultimately, the Heat came out on top with a 110-96 victory to drop the Lakers below .500 at 17-18.

In two of the last three games, Darvin Ham has gone with Anthony Davis, Taurean Prince, Hachimura, Jarred Vanderbilt, and LeBron James.

Austin Reaves was the player to take that spot, especially after he started in Rui’s place in the second half against the Pelicans. He’s leading the bench in points at 15.1 per night and just came off a 20-point performance in New Orleans.

Miami presented an interesting matchup for Los Angeles. Reaching the NBA Finals last year, they’re talented and have a couple of stars with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.

Injuries have hurt their depth, with Butler, Martin, and Josh Richardson all missing the Monday matchup against the Clippers, resulting in the Heat losing 121-104 and Erik Spoelstra only going eight players deep.

The Lakers need to figure things out quickly, as rumors are starting to swirl that Ham’s coaching future is on the line.

Guys are disappointed,” Ham said after the game. “Nobody wants to come out here on their home floor and get beat and not play well. And that’s the other thing: we need guys to play better. We got to attack and be more competitive, but we need guys to step up and play better. The reason we signed them is because we know what they can do, and so you got to come with that confidence each and every night, and you got to fight through it. Things are not going your way. You can’t ball up in the corner somewhere and go cry about it. You got to step up and try to see how can you best assist your team in being successful. If it’s not the main thing you do, then you go look for something else to do. But all the while, your mind has to be focused on moving forward through the game and trying to get better and get stronger as the game gets longer.

 

Lakers vs Heat First Quarter:

 

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Austin Reaves returned to the starting lineup for L.A. and immediately made an impact with a sweet dish to LeBron James for a layup and then a midrange shot of his own. The Lakers still got off to a slow start, though, as Kyle Lowry had five quick points to give the Heat a 12-9 lead into the first timeout.

Things didn’t get better out of the timeout as the Lakers were turning the ball over at will, and Tyler Herro capitalized with six quick points to extend the Heat lead to double digits.

In addition to the turnover, the Lakers were ice-cold from deep in the first quarter. Luckily, the Heat also struggled, so L.A.’s deficit was 25-18 going into the second quarter.

Yeah, I think we shot ourselves in the foot the first quarter,” Austin Reaves said during his postgame presser.

 

Lakers vs Heat 2nd Quarter:

 

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Photo Credit: Mark J. Terrill/AP

Max Christie finally connected on the Lakers’ first triple to begin the second, although Josh Richardson responded with one for Miami. The ugly basketball continued into the second, though, with both teams struggling to score. Oddly enough, the only Laker with any offensive rhythm was Christie, who scored five straight points at one point. Anthony Davis also got going inside after a quiet first quarter.

Darvin Ham went to JalenHood-Schifino, the Lakers rookie who hasn’t played since Nov. 27, and gave him a shift.

It went how you would expect.

The moment was too much pressure for an inexperienced guard with no playing time, and he went 0-4 from the field. One possession in the second perfectly demonstrated the Lakers‘ problems. James brought the ball up the floor and fed Hood-Schifino, who missed the layup near the basket. Christian Wood fired a runner that only hit the backboard, and then Hood-Schifino got blocked by Kevin Love.

It still wasn’t a pretty end to the half, though, and the Lakers went into the locker room trailing 53-45.

 

Lakers vs Heat 3rd Quarter:

 

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Photo Credit: Mark J. Terrill/AP

After only scoring four points in the first half, James got going with four quick points to begin the third quarter. The Heat began to heat up from deep, allowing them to maintain their lead of around ten over L.A.

It wasn’t until the end of the third that the Lakers made a dent as Christie had a poster dunk on Bam Adebayo, and then Davis went to work on both sides of the ball to get it down to three.

The Lakers eventually went into the fourth quarter trailing 72-67, struggling to make shots from outside.

 

Lakers vs Heat 4th Quarter:

 

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Photo Credit: Mark J. Terrill/AP

With that being the case, the Heat quickly built their lead back up to 10 over the Lakers early in the fourth.

As the crowd emptied and the Heat fans began taking over the stadium in the closing seconds, you could feel the tension in the air. James looked, at times, frustrated and disinterested. It wasn’t just body language or other social cues. He played poorly on Wednesday, scoring just 12 points despite playing 38 minutes.

However, Davis continued doing what he could, including another monster dunk to keep his team in it. Unfortunately, he did not have enough help offensively, and the Heat continued to make tough shots to close out the victory over the Lakers.

After the game, for only the second time this season, the first time being the Lakers‘ win against the Charlotte Hornets on Dec. 28, James didn’t speak to the media.

Shitty. We’re losing,” Reaves said. “Anytime you lose, the vibe should be off. If I went in there and the vibe wasn’t off after the rough stretch that we’ve had, I’d be concerned. That’s really it. I don’t expect us to be happy with how we’ve played. So until we figure that out, the vibe should be off. We got to win games.”

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will return home from the road and take on the Miami Heat on Wednesday, January 2nd, at 7:00 pm PST. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

 

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