LeBron James says "every time" he's matched up with Jimmy Butler they've "battled it out."
He said this after being asked if his scoring load will drop when AD returns.
“I’m in one of the best zones I’ve been in offensively in my career and I don’t plan on stopping it."
LeBron says he knew this game would be “mentally challenging” because of how well Spo knows his game.
“I knew it would be like a game of chess."
LeBron says the Lakers had too many “breakdowns” and “they made us pay every time."
LeBron says the Lakers’ defense in the first half was “not a way to win on the road.”
“We dug ourselves too much of a hole early in the game."
Russell Westbrook says the Lakers comeback attempt was just “too late” and they have to come out with more urgency from the start.
Avery Bradley doesn’t feel lack of talent is an issue for the Lakers, it’s just come down to inconsistent effort.
Avery Bradley: "We're not learning from our mistakes. ... We just have to play better."
“If we came out with the intensity we had in the second half at the beginning of the game, I feel like we would’ve won tonight."
Avery Bradley feels being able to switch 1-5 made the game easier for the Lakers in the second half.
Frank Vogel says AD will get some work in tomorrow and they’ll make decisions moving forward from there depending on how his body feels.
Frank Vogel says Trevor Ariza “had a tough night but he’ll come around."
Frank Vogel credits the Lakers for holding the Heat to 44 points in the second half but adds “obviously it was too late."
And that’s gonna do it.
#Lakers went from down 26 to within 4 but will come up short.
#Lakers have the ball down 4 with 7 seconds left. Need a quick 3.
Avery Bradley was just trying to get out of the way but he ran into Tucker and was called for an offensive foul. Brutal.
LeBron scores on the putback!
Wow, that was Bam’s sixth so he’s out.
They reviewed that offensive foul on LeBron and the call was reversed!
So LeBron will go to the line down 8.
#Lakers now trailing by 8 with 1:40 to play and Miami has the ball. Nice comeback attempt, but looking like it will come up short.
Can’t leave P.J. Tucker wide open in the corner like that.
And LeBron responds with 3 the old-fashioned way!
Man, huge 3 for Robinson to get it back up to 8.
Robinson only makes 1 of 2 at the line and then Russ makes a layup!
Russ makes 2 FTs and the Heat lead is down to just 6.