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NBA Finals 2020

NBA Finals 2020 Game 2: Player ratings for Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat

Behind another dominant performance from their All-Star duo, the Los Angeles Lakers strengthened their hold on the Finals with a 124-114 Game 2 win.

Now just two games away from their 17th championship in franchise history, the Lakers had to work a lot harder in this one, as the Miami Heat brought the fight despite missing two key players in Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo.

There were plenty of strong performances in this competitive contest, far different from Game 1. Here are the player ratings:

Anthony Davis - 10

AD was dominant for a second consecutive game. In this one, he went off for a double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive glass as the Heat simply had no answer for his size in the paint. He was even better than his 34-point Game 1 performance as his 32 came off an incredible 15-of-20 shooting from the field.

During one stretch in the third quarter, he had scored nine straight Laker points and finished with 15 of the team's 35 points in the period.

LeBron James - 9

AD was phenomenal but just like Game 1, LeBron James wasn't far behind. For a second straight game, he came really close to recording his 11th straight triple-double as he finished with 33 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.

Along with Davis and Rajon Rondo, he was key in the Lakers being able to keep their offense flowing against the Heat's zone defence. Perfect example, this play:

Jimmy Butler - 9

Shorthanded, Jimmy Butler did all he could. In a game-high 45 minutes, Butler nearly had his first Finals triple-double with 25 points, 13 assists, and eight rebounds. For the amount of time he was on the floor, his plus-minus was just a -3, which says a lot about his increased value for this banged-up Heat squad.

He was far more aggressive in this game, his 11-of-12 shooting from the free-throw line tell a part of that tale.

Rajon Rondo - 8

The best bench player from both teams - no discussion. He had a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists in just 26 minutes.

Like I mentioned, his veteran experience was crucial in the Lakers' offence not stumbling when the Heat threw out the zone defense. In the 19-6 game-altering run over a three-minute stretch late in the first half, that gave the Lakers the double-digit lead that they held onto all through the second half, he was scored or assisted on 11 of those points.

Kelly Olynyk - 8

Kelly Olynyk saw big minutes in Game 2 which wasn't surprising with Bam Adebayo's absence and he came to play. In 37 minutes, he provided a spark off the bench, scoring 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting while also recording nine rebounds and two assists.

Nine of his points came in the Heat's big 39-point third quarter.

Lakers bench - 7

Although Rondo stood out, the rest of the Lakers bench also contributed positively in their limited minutes.

Kyle Kuzma had 11 points in 21 minutes while the duo of Alex Caruso and Markieff Morris did a little bit of everything in their short stints. Caruso finished with six points, two rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 23 minutes, meanwhile, Morris had six points, five rebounds, and two assists in his 16 minutes.

Miami's rookies - 7

After an absolute disaster of a game, where he finished with a plus-minus of -35 in 30 minutes of play, Tyler Herro bounced back to have a strong Game 2.

By starting the game, he became the youngest starter in NBA Finals history. In 43 minutes, he finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, and three assists with a plus-minus of just -1.

Kendrick Nunn was bound to get more legitimate minutes in this game with Goran Dragic's injury and he fared well in the increased playing time, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds, and three assists in 30 minutes of action for a plus-minus of zero.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - 7

For a second-straight game, KCP provided a huge boost to the Lakers by doing a little bit of everything. In 32 minutes, he finished with 11 points, four rebounds, and four assists while recording the game-high plus-minus of +14.

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