Folks, we’ve finally reached that point: It’s time for Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals.
Almost a full year after the 2019-20 season began, the Heat and Lakers are prepared to battle for the Larry O’Brien trophy. The ride to get here has been bumpy to say the least — cue the virtual fans nodding in agreement — but these teams earned their spots in the series. Don’t even start with that asterisk talk.
Will LeBron James and Anthony Davis lead the Lakers to the title? Or can Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and the Heat pull off one more upset?
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Lakers vs. Heat live updates, highlights from Game 1
(All times Eastern)
9:25 p.m. — The Heat offense is cooking: 9-of-12 on field goals and 3-of-3 from 3-point range. Miami has a 13-point lead halfway through the first quarter.
9:15 p.m. — And here we go! Jae Crowder and Anthony Davis hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open the scoring.
9:05 p.m. — The starting lineups for each team…
Lakers: Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard
Heat: Goran Dragic, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, Bam Adebayo
8:45 p.m. — Dwight Howard will be the starting center for the Lakers in Game 1, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. He is expected to defend Heat star Bam Adebayo throughout the series.
8:25 p.m. — The Lakers are feeling the love from other pro sports teams in Los Angeles. Teamwork makes the dream work.
NBA Finals Game 1 start time
- Date: Wednesday, Sept. 30
- Time: 9 p.m. ET
The NBA Finals will start at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 30. As has been the case throughout the playoffs, there will not be any fans in attendance outside of select guests of players.
Below are the dates, times and TV channels for every NBA Finals game between the Lakers and Heat.
NBA Finals schedule 2020
(All times Eastern)
|Sept. 30||Game 1||9 p.m.||ABC|
|Oct. 2||Game 2||9 p.m.||ABC|
|Oct. 4||Game 3||7:30 p.m.||ABC|
|Oct. 6||Game 4||9 p.m.||ABC|
|Oct. 9||Game 5*||9 p.m.||ABC|
|Oct. 11||Game 6*||7:30 p.m.||ABC|
|Oct. 13||Game 7*||9 p.m.||ABC|
* If necessary