LOS ANGELES – – Though the Miami Heat’s road trip started slowly, Kendrick Nunn believes they are gaining momentum because of a team chemistry that grows with every stop

The Heat even held it together to score a win over the defending NBA champions, despite a fourth quarter almost going wrong

Nunn scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler had 24 points and eight rebounds, and Miami held the Los Angeles Lakers 96-94 in an NBA final rematch on Saturday night

Bam Adebayo had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat when the teams first met since the Lakers turned 17 Having won the championship with a six-game win over Miami in the Florida Bubble four months ago, The Heat only scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, but they held the Lakers on 17 and held out when Alex Caruso missed a long jumper on Summer

“You can see the chemistry is building up,” said Nunn, who hit five 3-pointers, “We’ve been together for a week and a half and it just makes us feel better about each other. We’re now moving in the right direction We are.” dropped a few early, but we’ll give each other the best chance at the end of the game ”


The win was Miami’s second straight after a three-game skid during this seven-game road trip. The defending champions of the Eastern Conference (13-17) have been under 500 since Jan 12, but their confidence grows

“We have seen progress in the last few weeks,” said coach Erik Spoelstra. “I think our defensive mental toughness was better in this game to make some stops when we were unable to take some shots in the fourth quarter””

LeBron James had 19 points, nine assists and nine rebounds as the Champions lost their second game in a row without starters Anthony Davis and Dennis Schröder

James stole the inbound pass of the Heat with 8 4 seconds left to create one last chance for the Lakers, but the 17-time All-Star passed from a doubles team to Caruso who lost his goalless 20-minute Night ended with a miss

“We’re considering how we can play without one of our creators in Dennis and one of our stars in AD,” Caruso said. “It will take a little time, and of course we don’t have any practice time”

Davis missed his third straight game after suffering a right calf last weekend, and Schröder missed his second straight game according to the NBA health and safety protocols

Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points while scoring four 3-point hits and Montrezl Harrell had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers

The sustained injuries aren’t responsible for the Lakers ‘shootout in their last 10 games, including a 39% performance against Miami LA missed five of their last six shots, including Wesley Matthews’ quick, off-balance 3-pointer at 15 Seconds ahead

“We’ll keep working on our habits and be great for each other,” said James. “We’ve all worked so it’s not like the law of averages will even out We had mistakes last season and we had them during the playoffs We know they will make up for it later in the year ”

Heat: Avery Bradley, a Lakers starter last season who missed his playoff run after signing out of the NBA reboot, missed this game for Miami with a calf load Goran Dragic missed his eighth game in a row with a sprained left ankle

Lakers: Schröder will miss at least two more games in quarantine, said coach Frank Vogel.The Lakers hope he will return against Portland on Friday

Tyler Herro left after less than 14 minutes for a hip pointer. He will be re-evaluated on Sunday, Spoelstra

said

“We’re used to it,” Spoelstra said of the Heat’s recent injury. “There will be something in every game that develops a level of toughness in our group”

Warriors striker Draymond Green made “a terrible mistake” when he committed two technical fouls and was thrown in a 102-100 loss to Charlotte late Saturday, said Steve Kerr, Golden State coach

Russell Westbrook has 27 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in the Wizards’ 118-111 win over the Trail Blazers

– Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards hit Portland on Saturday night with a 118-111 win over Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers

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