NBA: Dennis Schröder becomes a hero in the narrow victory of the Los Angeles Lakers – LA beats Miami Heat even without LeBron James

Even without the sick superstars, the Los Angeles Lakers celebrated their fourth victory in the last five games. At 112:109 Dennis Schröder becomes the winner of the match, in the dramatic final phase he keeps his composure.

Los Angeles Lakers (17-21) – Miami Heat (20-19) 112:109 (BOXSCORE)

The German showed his best performance of the season so far in a game in which the Lakers had to do without the sick LeBron James (“normal cold” – coach Darvin Ham) and the injured Anthony Davis. Schröder finished the game with a season-best 32 points – including 14 in the fourth quarter – sinking 8/15 from the field, 4/7 hat-tricks and 12/14 free throws. He was also there in the crunch time, and he also convinced with 4 interceptions.

Schröder went on to highlight the Lakers’ next man mentality: “Everyone contributed, we played together, it’s a big win for us.” Even after James and Davis returned, he had to “be more aggressive” to create space for his fellow stars.

Russell Westbrook also showed a good performance on the bench, the leader flirted with a triple-double (21 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds), but also lost 7 turnovers. Thomas Bryant continued to put pressure under the basket and scored 21 points (9/11 FG) and 9 rebounds. Bam Adebayo (30, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks) and Jimmy Butler (27, 4 assists, 3 steals) were the Heat’s best players, but otherwise there weren’t enough teammates. Especially Tyler Herro had a bad evening (9, 4/14 FG).

Due to the absence of the two superstars, LA entered the game with a somewhat unusual starting five consisting of Schröder, Patrick Beverley, Austin Reaves, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Thomas Bryant. Nevertheless, the home team held on well from the start, and after Westbrook came on, they even had a slight advantage.

The goalkeeper brought a lot of energy, marked himself or put the other players in the spotlight. A Wenyen Gabriel buzzer beater put LA at 32:23 into the first quarter. The Heat were also looking for long-range pace in the second half (4/16 hat-tricks in the first half), as the Lakers repeatedly presented different defensive strategies. Nonetheless, Kyle Lowry (11) and Adebayo brought the guests back within striking distance, and Miami now caused more damage in the area. 52:48 Lakers at the break.

After the side switch, Butler slowly but surely got back into the heat attack. Miami took the lead for the first time since the first quarter, but it didn’t last long. In that section alone, there were eight lead changes, and the Lakers entered the final section 79:78.


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