We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 99-90 loss against Miami:
Paint points for Miami, with LeBron James recording 30 of his game-high 39 points inside. The first 14 Heat points came way via dunk or lay-up, in large part because of the Lakers miscues on the offensive end of the floor during that opening frame. Despite owning a size advantage down low, L.A. was a minus 40 in the paint (68-28).
Points combined for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, as they totaled 28 for 45 from the floor (62.2 percent). The rest of Miami was just 12 for 38 (31.6 percent) towards 33 points.
Minutes for Pau Gasol in his return to the lineup after missing a week-and-a-half because of a concussion. The Spaniard finished with 12 points, four assists and four rebounds off the bench.
Turnovers for the Lakers, 16 of them coming in the first half, allowing Miami to get out in transition (21 fastbreak points). In the first quarter alone, L.A. had eight miscues – four of them coming in the opening minutes. “I thought maybe we were a little tentative,” Nash said. “Also, they play at a speed defensively, they try to speed you up a little bit and maybe we weren’t used to it. I thought we were maybe just out-thinking ourselves instead of just playing, and had a bad run there to start the game.”
Straight points for the Heat to close the game, after Kobe Bryant knotted it at 90 apiece on a 3-pointer with 2:32 left. In that span, the Lakers missed two free throws (Dwight Howard) and three shots. “We looked a little bit like a team that was new to the situation,” Nash acknowledged. “We weren’t smooth and we couldn’t get a rhythm.”
Three-pointers for Miami, a team that had come into the game making nearly nine per contest and converting at a 39 percent clip. They finished 2 for 13 (15.4 percent), well below their season averages, but both triples came in the decisive fourth quarter.