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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Lakers can’t bounce back from poor start in Miami

Miami – The Lakers’ attempt began as a disaster, then almost turned into a miracle.

Where they landed in the end was somewhere in the middle of unsatisfactory – and at a loss.

The final 113-107 margin didn’t give enough context to the pit started by the Lakers, and how impressively they dug themselves out of it. But the bottom line is the bottom line, and after wiping out most of the 26-point deficit and coming within four points with 1:07 remaining, the players were left shaking their heads after their fifth loss in seven games. .

“I mean we just started off a little bit – very slowly,” Russell Westbrook shouted at the stat sheet. “But with our intensity picked it up a little too late.”

The Lakers trailed by 23 points in the fourth quarter with 8:38. That’s when Westbrook (24 points, 9 assists, 9 rebounds) helped turn things around with his signature intensity. LeBron James, who finished with a game-high 33 points, followed suit. The Lakers were also picked up by Avery Bradley by four second-half 3-pointers, finishing with 15 points.

The FTX area was quiet unilaterally in the first forty minutes. The Miami crowd grew when James – who won two championships with the franchise – scored on the putback with 1:07 remaining.

But there was not to be a spellbound return: after the Lakers earned the ball back with a crucial stop with seven seconds to spare, Talen Horton-Tucker threw an inbound pass into the back court just over James’s reach. Caleb Martin runs out to Westbrook for a smooth transition bucket and a dagger.

Coach Frank Vogel removed the mistake from Horton-Tucker’s shoulders, implying that some pressure-release actions were not executed correctly on the play. But in the bigger picture, the Lakers thought they shouldn’t harm themselves as quickly as they did.

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