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Lakers vs. Heat live score, updates, highlights from Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals

Folks, we’ve finally reached that point: It’s time for Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals.

Almost a full year after the 2019-20 season began, the Heat and Lakers are prepared to battle for the Larry O’Brien trophy. The ride to get here has been bumpy to say the least — cue the virtual fans nodding in agreement — but these teams earned their spots in the series. Don’t even start with that asterisk talk.

Will LeBron James and Anthony Davis lead the Lakers to the title? Or can Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and the Heat pull off one more upset?

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Lakers vs. Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals. Follow below for complete results from Game 1.

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Lakers vs. Heat score

Game 1Q1Q2Q3Q4Score
Lakers313465
Heat282048

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Lakers vs. Heat live updates, highlights from Game 1

(All times Eastern)

10:45 p.m. — This is pure domination. The Lakers kick off the third quarter with a 15-6 run, and their lead has ballooned to 26 points. The Heat just don’t have an answer on either end of the floor.

10:35 p.m. — Bad news for the Heat: Goran Dragic is doubtful to return with a left foot injury. Tyler Herro took his place in the lineup to start the second half.

Halftime: Lakers 65, Heat 48

10:15 p.m. — It looked like Jimmy Butler landed awkwardly and twisted his ankle on a drive near the end of the first half, but he’s staying in the game. The Heat will need him if they’re going to cut down what has become a significant Lakers lead.

10 p.m. — The Lakers aren’t known as a great shooting team. Apparently they didn’t get the memo. Los Angeles is 11-of-17 from beyond the arc, and eight Lakers have made at least one 3-point field goal.

9:50 p.m. — Banking in a corner 3-pointer? Sure, Tyler Herro can do that.

9:45 p.m. — Rajon Rondo may not like the “Playoff Rondo” nickname, but it fits right now. He’s already got seven points and two assists off the bench.

End of first quarter: Lakers 31, Heat 28

9:40 p.m. — After facing a double-digit deficit, the Lakers rally behind a strong opening frame from Anthony Davis, who has 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting.

9:25 p.m. — The Heat offense is cooking: 9-of-12 on field goals and 3-of-3 from 3-point range. Miami has a 13-point lead halfway through the first quarter.

9:15 p.m. — And here we go! Jae Crowder and Anthony Davis drain back-to-back 3-pointers to open the scoring.

9:05 p.m. — The starting lineups for each team…

Lakers: Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard

Heat: Goran Dragic, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, Bam Adebayo

8:45 p.m. — Dwight Howard will be the starting center for the Lakers in Game 1, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. He is expected to defend Heat star Bam Adebayo throughout the series.

8:25 p.m. — The Lakers are feeling the love from other pro sports teams in Los Angeles. Teamwork makes the dream work.

NBA Finals schedule 2020

(All times Eastern)

DateGameTimeNational TV
Sept. 30Game 19 p.m.ABC
Oct. 2Game 29 p.m.ABC
Oct. 4Game 37:30 p.m.ABC
Oct. 6Game 49 p.m.ABC
Oct. 9Game 5*9 p.m.ABC
Oct. 11Game 6*7:30 p.m.ABC
Oct. 13Game 7*9 p.m.ABC

* If necessary

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