Malik Monk leads Lakers to big comeback win over Heat
LOS ANGELES — Malik Monk scored five of his season-high 27 points in overtime, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a big deficit in the final minutes of regulation before surging in overtime for a 120-117 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
Russell Westbrook scored 25 points, 14 assists, 12 rebounds, and the Lakers improved to 2-2, while LeBron is sidelined with a strain in his abdominal muscle.
Monk was impressive with his shooting, making four 3-pointers. Anthony Davis scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Los Angeles. The Lakers trailed by nine at the end of the fourth quarter before rallying and beating the Heat, who had won six out of eight.
Bam Adebayo scored a total of 28 points before fouling. Kyle Lowry added 18 points and 11 assists to the Heat’s total, which lost Jimmy Butler in the first period due to a sprained right leg. Butler scored seven points while playing the entire first quarter, but didn’t return for the second.
Tyler Herro scored 27 points, but missed two 3-pointers in the final nine seconds of overtime in Miami’s third loss in four games.
Herro also missed a 3, but P.J. Tucker made a tying rebound jumper dunk. The Lakers went into overtime after Westbrook missed a jumper, and Davis missed the tip at buzzer.
Los Angeles jumped five points ahead in overtime while Miami missed six of seven attempts. Adebayo trimmed the lead to 119-117 with 23 seconds left before fouling out, and the Heat forced a five-second violation by the Lakers on the ensuing inbounds play — but Herro missed an off-balance 3-pointer.
Carmelo Anthony made one of the two free throws with 6.5 seconds remaining, and Herro missed again.
Avery Bradley scored 17 points and had five 3s, a season record for the Lakers.
Roughly 13 months after the Lakers beat the Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals in the Florida bubble, the Heat showed much more cohesion than the former champs until LA’s stirring late rally. The Lakers have jettisoned all but three players from their title team — and of those three, only Davis was healthy for this meeting.
Miami’s Markieff Morris sat out against his former team with whiplash stemming from his altercation with Denver’s Nikola Jokic on Monday.