In a rematch of the 2020 NBA Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers fought off the Miami Heat 120-117 in an overtime thriller, which featured 33 header changes and 14 draws.
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The Lakers (7-5) have now won their last two in a row while the Heat have lost their last two to drop to 7-4 this season.
Russell Westbrook had a chance to win it at the end of regulation time, but settled for three long minutes at the end of time and the game went into overtime.
Russell Westbrook career:
Tied 53 games / go-ahead in the last minute of Q4 / OT, the most in the NBA since 2008-09 (made 2 Wednesday)
13-73 on a potential FG tied for the match / green light at 3 points in the last 24 seconds of Q4 / OT (missed 1 Wednesday) pic.twitter.com/yC18HD25kW
– ESPN statistics and information (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 11, 2021
Let’s move on to the main takeaways from tonight’s game:
Malik Monk announces himself
Malik Monk had his best game as a Laker, finishing with 27 of 10 of 13 points from the field, six rebounds and three assists.
Monk, averaging 7.0 points and 1.8 assists in 20 minutes per night, quietly put together a great streak for the Lakers after coming out of 10 points against the Hornets and 13 points against the Blazers.
The fifth-year goalie exploded against Miami and showed why he will be an integral part of Los Angeles as they look to make a playoff run.
Hiring Monk on a minimum one-year veteran contract during the offseason was considered a steal for Los Angeles given the age of their roster. Monk is only 23 and more games like tonight will help carry the offensive load while LeBron James is out. James has missed the Lakers in the last four games with an abdominal injury.
The Russell Westbrook Experience
Westbrook notched his second consecutive triple-double with 19 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds. He is now tied for eighth in Lakers franchise history with Lonzo Ball and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
Russell Westbrook has 19 pts, 13 ast, 11 reb. This is his 2nd consecutive triple-double and 3rd of the season. This already makes him tied for 8th * in Lakers franchise history with Lonzo Ball and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (* = with follow-up dating back to the 1979-80 season)
– Dave McMenamin (@mcten) November 11, 2021
Bam Adebayo makes his DPOY holster
Adebayo felt aggrieved last season when he was not one of the three names listed as finalists for the League’s Defensive Player of the Year award, but make no mistake, the way he’s playing so far in 2021-22 will ensure he doesn’t get left out of that roster at the end of the season.
Adebayo had 28 points, 10 rebounds and six steals against the Lakers while playing incredible defense, often bringing together Anthony Davis.
Adebayo is the anchor for a scary good defense of Miami which is ranked sixth in the league in opposition points per game (103.2) and first in the league in rebounds per game as well (48.8 ). He’s also averaging 19.3 points per game, making him one of the best two-way players in the game.
Jimmy Butler Injury Update
Butler left the game after playing all 12 minutes of the first quarter. He appeared to have sprained his right ankle around 1:19 of the first quarter after being linked with Lakers goaltender Wayne Ellington.
Closer to half-time, the Heat made official the fact that the All-Star would not return to the game.
Butler, who left the game with seven points, two steals and an assist, will be in doubt for his next game in just 24 hours against the LA Clippers.
The Lakers are back in action Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, while the Heat remains in Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Thursday, Game 3 of a five-game Western Conference road trip that will see them travel to Salt Lake City and Oklahoma. City.