LeBron James is poised to score against the Heat defense in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. (Mark J. Terrill)
Lake Buena Vista.- The first 10 meetings between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat were basically the same. The Lakers won them all, eight of the 10 by double digits.
The Lakers have never had such a sustained streak of success against the Heat until now.
When the NBA Finals resume at Walt Disney World with Game 3 on Sunday night, the Lakers will attempt to beat the Heat for the seventh time in a row. The Lakers have not lost to Miami since the 92-91 setback on March 16, 2018.
The Lakers are 4-0 against Miami so far this season, three of four wins by at least 10 points. Miami's best hit streak against the Lakers was a seven-game winning streak from January 17, 2013 to November 10, 2015, when LeBron James was with the Heat.
The Lakers now lead the all-time series among clubs, 39-27. And the team that has James on the roster has won 10 straight games in the series.
James scored 33 points and Anthony Davis 32 in the second, marking the 14th time his Lakers teammates scored at least 32 points in the same Finals game.
Elgin Baylor and Jerry West did it eight times. West and Wilt Chamberlain did it once, as did Magic Johnson and Jamaal Wilkes duos Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, and George Mikan and Vern Mikkelsen.
Davis had 14 rebounds and James had nine on Friday. Add that to the parameters: teammates with at least 32 points and nine rebounds in a final game, and the list gets a lot shorter.
Johnson and Wilkes did so on May 16, 1980; Mikan and Mikkelsen did so on April 20, 1952.
That's it. Before Friday, there was only one other instance in the last 40 years of teammates with at least 32 points and nine rebounds in the same game: Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant did it for Golden State on June 4, 2017.