Netease Sports reported on October 1:
On October 1, Beijing time, the NBA Finals officially started.
This season, the Lakers have achieved the first regular season record in the Western Conference and are also invincible in the playoffs. The strength of the Lakers mainly relies on the performance of LeBron and Davis, but the outside shooters of the Lakers have always been unstable. But as the playoffs progressed, the Lakers' shooters gradually picked up.
In this game, the Heat established a lead as soon as they came up, and the score difference quickly came to double digits. In a crisis, Pope stepped forward. With 3 minutes and 47 seconds left in the first quarter, Pope hit a three-pointer in ambush. In the next round, Pope received a pass from Rondo and hit a three-pointer at almost the same position, sounding the counterattack horn. In the first quarter, Pope made 3 of 6 shots and scored 10 points alone. In the case of the team's unfavorable start, it was Pope's scoring that helped the Lakers hold the situation and set the tone for the counterattack.
In the second quarter, Pop did not perform much on the offensive end. But he also relies on tenacious fighting to contribute to the defensive end. At 1 minute and 30 seconds before halftime, there was a melee under the basket, and Pope and Butler fell to the ground to form a scrimmage. Although the Heat took the lead in grabbing the ball, Pope fell to the ground again and gave the ball to Green. The Lakers launched a counterattack, and Davis finally completed the dunks.
Green was also unwilling to show weakness. He threw 2 three-pointers in the second quarter and scored 8 points. More commendable is Green's fearless performance on the defensive end. With 3 minutes and 28 seconds left in the second quarter, Green took the risk of being knocked out of his front teeth and blocked Butler for a layup. The referee first called Green a defensive foul, and Green signaled a challenge. After the referee looked back, he changed Butler's offensive foul. In order to cause Butler's offensive foul, Green's mouth was beaten to bleed and he paid the price of blood.
At 7 minutes and 15 seconds of the third quarter, Pope continued to sprinkle salt on the Heat's wounds, forced a three-pointer to make Iguodala foul and made all three free throws. Although the Lakers were not as accurate as their three-pointers in the second half, they were still in control. In the end, the Lakers beat the Heat 116-98.