The Los Angeles Lakers were set on fire like a pre-customized purple and gold Paul George jersey in Tuesday’s 89-74 blowout loss to the Miami Heat.
Miami led the Lakers 31-19 at the end of the first quarter after shooting a blistering 57 percent from three. Duncan Robinson, an undrafted 6’8” forward and former teammate of Mo Wagner at the University of Michigan, led the Heat with 9 points on 3-4 shooting from behind the arc in the opening quarter.
Los Angeles, surviving behind a combined 15 points from rookies Svi Mykhailiuk and Wagner, struggled to get just about anything going in the first half of play. The Lakers shot a combined 35 percent from the field and 25 percent from three, a death sentence when against Miami’s 52 percent and 58 percent respectively.
Josh Hart, coming off an impressive 23-point outing in Monday’s match-up with Sacramento, struggled all-around against the solid defense of Derrick Jones Jr. Despite even an appearance from Alex Caruso — who returned to the Lakers after helping lead Team USA to a 5-1 record in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers — Los Angeles trailed the Heat 53 to 34 at the end of the half.
The second half played out just as brutal as — if not more than — the first, with the Heat staying hot and the Lakers remaining frigidly cold all the way to a decisive defeat.
Jones, the 6’7” former Phoenix Suns forward, ended with an impressive 21 points on 8-14 shooting to go along with five rebounds, three steals, and four blocks. Duncan Robinson never cooled down, ending the game with 19 points on 7-9 shooting, including this ridiculous sequence.
Sure, Duncan Robinson is already 4-of-5 from deep, but he also did this... pic.twitter.com/KpEVxCRxYz— Joseph Beguiristain (@JoeBeguiristain) July 4, 2018
While no Laker particularly shined in the brutal outing, Svi Mykhailiuk continued to show promise as a potential steal. The 47th pick in the second round of the draft poured in 12 points on 5-11 shooting, and notably did so without shooting particularly well from behind the arc (2-8).
The Lakers will get a day off for the Fourth of July before playing their final game in Sacramento on Thursday, July 5 at 12 p.m. against the Golden State Warriors.