Here are the scores, updates, and results of the NBA 2021-2022 Regular Season between the Miami Heat (MIA) vs Los Angeles Lakers (LAL) on January 24, 2022 (All times are in Philippine Standard Time) at the FTX Arena.
The Miami Heat overcomes the fourth-quarter surge of the Los Angeles Lakers and beat them 107-113.
Miami climbs at the top of the standings within the Eastern Conference with 30 wins and 17 losses.
In their previous meeting back in November, the matchup was phenomenal. Both teams did not have a huge lead against each other all throughout the game. But in this one, the Heat led by as much as 26 points, and the Lakers stood no chance.
However, the Lakers managed to crawl their way back and narrowed down the commanding lead by just five points at 100-105 with two minutes remaining on the game clock. The Heat squad huddled and told each other that the game was not over yet. Robinson stood up and knocked down a cold-blooded three-pointer and put back his team in the driver’s seat with an eight-point lead.
“The King” then drives towards the rim and finished it with an and-one lay-up to keep their hopes alive. But on the other end, Tucker sank down a corner three-pointer, his favorite shot, and gave his team an eight-point margin.
Things just could not get any worse for the Lakers this season because, after a couple of sequences, when the Purple and Gold had their possession, Bradley committed an offensive foul and turned over the ball. In their next possession, when Horton-Tucker was inbounding the ball, he accidentally threw it away and it ended up with a lay-up from Martin on the other side of the court to seal the deal, adding another turnover for the team and costed the matchup.
Butler put up extreme efforts against their opponent back in the 2020 Finals, tallying 20 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, finishing the game with a huge triple-double. Not only that, but he now has the most triple-double recorded by a Heat with ten, passing James who had nine. Robinson scored 25 points while shooting 8-13 from the field, eleven of those came from three-point land and sank six of them. Martin provided solid numbers from the bench as he added 15 points and dropped two three-point shots.
Meanwhile, the undermanned Lakers are still struggling. James recorded 33 big points and eleven rebounds for the team while Westbrook had 24 points, nine rebounds, and nine dishes.
Heat vs Lakers
25-39; 27-30; 18-20; 37-24
Heat (113) – Robinson 25, Butler 20, Martin 15, Adebayo 14, Vincent 11
Lakers (107) – James 33, Westbrook 24, Bradley 15, Anthony 11, Johnson 7