Jimmy Butler feels he "grew in every aspect of the game" this season and is convinced the Miami Heat are "trending in the right direction" despite suffering NBA Finals heartbreak.

A 106-93 defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers in Sunday's Game 6 in Orlando meant the Heat fell to a 4-2 series loss.

Butler's heroics had helped the Heat get to this stage and he averaged 26.2 points, 9.8 assists and 8.3 rebounds throughout the Finals.

Asked what he learnt about himself, Butler replied: "That I'm a decent player. I think that I grew in every aspect of the game.

"So, I can smile about that. More than anything, I've learned that here, me works. Here, I'm always, always, always, always going to believe in my guys.

"I think the one thing that I learned more than anything is how fun it is to play with these guys. It really was fun watching all my young fellas grow, having vets come in and showcase what they can still do and teach me so much. It was a great time."

While hurting from the loss, Butler is convinced this is just the beginning of something special for the Heat.

He added: "We're trending in the right direction. We're going to learn from this. We're going to get better. We're going to come back. We're going to come back. We'll be back. That's what we're all saying in that locker room.

"We got guys that want to do it. We got guys that already want to get back in the gym and get to working at this thing. That's what we do here.

"Like I said, it was a pleasure to play with these guys. We're definitely moving in the right direction."

Butler finally seems to have a settled home in Miami having had short stints at the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers after ending a six-year stay at the Chicago Bulls in 2017.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra believes both team and player have benefitted from one another.

"I think that's what we're all looking for is to be part of a family," he said.

"To be a part of something where you felt all along that you were searching for something. Where you can just be yourself, you don't have to make any apologies for who you are. We have been searching for him for a long time and I think he's been searching for something like us for a while.

"Again, you're in this business to be around amazing people and to develop incredible relationships.

"It is about the game, it is about winning, but it also is about being around locker rooms that you'll remember for a long, long time. I'm just thrilled to be able to have an opportunity to coach Jimmy and have a relationship with him and move forward chasing this dream. It's not going to stop.

"We're all wired the same. So, we'll get over this at some point. I don't expect anybody to get over it tonight.

"But we have some brothers in arms now moving forward that we share the same values and the same goals and that's part of the battle of just finding that kind of alignment."

The LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers annihilated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to claim their first championship since 2010.

Jimmy Butler and Miami delayed the Lakers' title celebrations by winning Game 5 to stave off elimination at Walt Disney World on Friday.

But there was no denying the red-hot Lakers on Sunday as the storied franchise ended their 10-year wait for glory with a 4-2 series victory in Orlando, Florida.

James – who broke the record for most playoff appearances with 260 – captured a fourth NBA title after posting his 11th Finals triple-double of 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, while Anthony Davis (19 points and 15 rebounds) had a double-double for his maiden championship.

The Heat were buoyed by the return of star guard Goran Dragic (5 points), who made his comeback from a foot injury, which had sidelined him since Game 1.

But Miami were outplayed from the outset as the Lakers extinguished the Heat with a defensive masterclass.

The Lakers made a hot start, leading 28-20 at the end of the first quarter behind James' nine points, five rebounds and three assists.

Los Angeles showed no mercy as they took a comprehensive 64-36 lead into half-time – 15 points apiece from Davis and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (17 points) fuelling the Lakers.

Rajon Rondo (19 points) dazzled off the bench, managing 13 points on six-of-six shooting from the field while he made his only three-point attempt.

It came as no Heat player scored double-digit points through two quarters.

While the Heat were only outscored by a point in the third quarter, the damage was already done as the Lakers cruised to their 17th NBA championship following a season which saw franchise great Kobe Bryant tragically killed in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter in January.

Bam Adebayo led the steamrolled Heat with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Butler put up 12 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

Jimmy Butler is optimistic the Miami Heat can complete a comeback against the Los Angeles Lakers after staying alive in the NBA Finals.

Butler produced a mammoth performance as the Heat held on to beat the Lakers 111-108 in a wild contest on Friday to force a Game 6.

The Heat trailed 3-1 and faced elimination heading into Game 5 at Walt Disney World Resort as the Lakers looked to seal a first championship since 2010.

But Butler went head-to-head against LeBron James and came out on top with a triple-double, posting 35 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists to cut the Lakers' series lead to 3-2.

The Heat still face a difficult battle overhauling the Lakers, but Miami star Butler fancies his team's chances ahead of Sunday's sixth showdown in Orlando, Florida.

"I'm sure they [Lakers] wanted to win, thought they was going to win coming into it. As did we," Butler told reporters following a game which featured seven lead changes during the final three minutes.

"But it was a hard-fought game, I think it's going to be even harder for us next game, but I like our chances."

"I can say it every time I'm up here, but we live for these moments," he said. "Like the work that we put in, we're built for this, we have been doing this all year long. This didn't just start in the bubble. We have been playing together, win, loss, draw, whatever, we're in this thing together. And that's what's going to win us games.

"I think night in and night out it could be anybody. It could be Bam [Adebayo], it could be hopefully Goran [Dragic]. Like we're so together when we're out there on the floor, off the floor, that's why we win because everybody wants everybody to be successful.

Butler became the first player with a 35-point triple-double in the NBA Finals when facing elimination since James Worthy in 1988 Game 7, according to Stats Perform.

"That's what my team asks of me, that's what they need me to do, and I think coach Pat [Riley] and Coach [Erik] Spoelstra brought me here for that reason; to help us win games and I have to continue to do that for two more games," Butler said.

"I know that I'm capable of it, but I got a hell of a group of guys around me that make my job a lot easier. I'm fortunate for those guys because when I pass it to them they make shots. When I get beat going to the rim, they're there. So we're in this thing together and they give me a lot of confidence to go out there and hoop."

The five-time All-Star played 47 gruelling minutes to help his team and struggled to walk off the podium following his news conference.

"I left it all out there on the floor along with my guys, and that's how we're going to have to play from here on out," Butler continued. "Like I always say, it's win or win for us. But this is the position that we're in. We like it this way. We got two more in a row to get."

"I know that I'm capable of it. I believe in my skill set and my talent. My team-mates do as well. But it's not just me, Duncan [Robinson] had a hell of a game, [Kendrick] Nunn came in and did what K-Nunn did. Bam had a huge one. All of us, all of us was the reason that we won this game and it's going to be the same way for the next two."

Jimmy Butler was instrumental again with a 35-point triple-double as the Miami Heat prevailed 111-108 in a breathtaking Game 5 to put the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA championship party on ice.

The Heat trailed 3-1 in the NBA Finals and faced elimination heading into Friday's showdown at Walt Disney World Resort, where LeBron James' Lakers were looking to seal a first title since 2010.

But Butler had other ideas, finishing with 12 rebounds and 11 assists to help the rallying Heat stay alive and force a Game 6 in the best-of-seven series in Orlando, Florida on Sunday.

Butler became the first player with a 35-point triple-double in the NBA Finals when facing elimination since James Worthy in 1988 Game 7, according to Stats Perform.

James – who had 40 points and 13 rebounds – also became the first player to post 40-plus points in a loss with a chance to clinch in the NBA Finals since Michael Jordan in Game 5 in 1993, per Stats Perform.

Heat star Butler and James went head-to-head in stunning fashion, and the former came out on top down the stretch, which featured seven lead changes during the final three minutes.

The Lakers had trailed for most of the game, having not led since the first quarter, but they moved ahead 97-96 on a Kentavious Caldwell-Pope three-pointer with just over six minutes remaining.

But with their backs against the wall, the Heat never surrendered as Butler and Duncan Robinson (26 points) continued to step up in clutch moments.

Robinson made a pair of three-pointers in the final period, including a huge 27-foot jumper from beyond the arc to give the Heat a 101-99 lead before James levelled things up again with back-to-back free throws.

It was box office entertainment as Butler and James traded shots, while Anthony Davis' two had the Lakers up 108-107 with 21.8 seconds on the clock.

However, Butler made a pair of free throws to restore Miami's advantage 16.8 seconds from the end before team-mate Tyler Herro also nailed both of his free throws to seal victory.

Davis put up 28 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, but struggled late in the fourth quarter with an apparent ankle injury.

Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat remain confident they can overturn a series deficit in the NBA Finals, despite the Los Angeles Lakers being one win away from the championship.

The Heat meet LeBron James and the Lakers in Game 5 on Friday, trailing 3-1 and facing defeat in the Finals at Walt Disney World Resort.

Miami face an uphill battle as the Lakers stand on the cusp of their first title since 2010 but Heat star Butler is refusing to surrender in Orlando.

"I don't think it's pressure," Butler told reporters on Thursday. "I think it's just win. Ain't nobody thinking about going home over here. It's just win, so there is no pressure.

"We're expected to win. That's our job. It's not win or go home, it's win or win. That's how we think about it."

"We know what we do every day," the five-time All-Star continued. "I mean, we just love to compete with one another. We realise that there's a chance that it won't look the same next year, but we're in it for the right now. We're going to give everything that we have for one another.

"And like I said, we go back and we're looking at stuff and we're correcting stuff, and we're like, damn, we see it on film. We've just got to be able to see these things in the game.

"So you know, everybody is looking forward to it. Everybody is ready to compete, ready to get one."

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, who led Miami to championships in 2012 and 2013 during James' time with the franchise, added: "We think it's a really competitive series.

"We have a purpose of why we're here. We're competing for a title and it's the first team to four wins. There's a lot of different narratives out there -- we don't give a s*** what everybody else thinks.

"This is everything that we wanted this year, an opportunity to fight for, compete for a title. And that hasn't changed at all through these first games."

LeBron James led the Los Angeles Lakers to within one game of their first NBA Championship in a decade after girinding out a 102-96 game four win against the Miami Heat.

James was restricted to eight points in a closely-contested first half but the ex-Miami superstar put up 20 second-half points to record a game-high 28 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to send Los Angeles 3-1 ahead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals series.

Anthony Davis (22 points) played a key supporting role, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (15 points) made a pair of clutch fourth-quarter plays that extended the lead from two points to seven with two minutes to play.

Miami’s Jimmy Butler backed up his sensational game three performance by leading his team in scoring with 22 points, while rookie Tyler Herro (21 points) and Duncan Robinson (17 points) help keep the Heat’s chances alive in Orlando, Florida.

Jimmy Butler will keep telling his mind and "nicked up" body to "cut it out" and go through the pain barrier as the Miami Heat strive for NBA glory.

Butler scored 40 points, provided 13 assists and grabbed 11 rebounds to inspire the Heat to a 115-104 NBA Finals Game 3 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

The Heat will attempt to maintain the momentum and level the seven-match series at Walt Disney World in Florida on Tuesday.

Five-time All-Star Butler has played almost every minute of the last two games and was fouled 11 times in his magnificent performance last time out.

Butler knows his body will come in for more punishment but is ready to suffer with so much at stake.

Asked how he goes about getting ready for Game 4, he said: "A lot of rest, a lot of treatment, a lot of everything. But I think a lot of it's mental.

"You know your body is going to be hurt, but you've got to tell your mind and tell your body to cut it out. And I think that's where I'm at at this point.

"Everybody is hurting, not just me. Everybody on my roster, everybody on the Lakers' roster. We're all nicked up. We've all got some pain. But we're all coming out there to compete."

Butler hopes his exploits have made basketball fans realise his burning desire to be successful.

Asked what he thinks NBA fans may have learned about him, he replied: "For me, that I'm just all about winning. I'll do whatever you ask me to do, if you can guarantee me a win. I realise that nothing is guaranteed.

"But I'll do whatever you ask me to do to put my team in the best position to win. That's it."

The Miami Heat are back in the NBA Finals. Thanks, Jimmy Butler.

A sweep looked to be well and truly on the cards. Miami were without center Bam Adebayo and point guard Goran Dragic again in Game 3 against the Los Angeles Lakers, which they went into 2-0 down.

They needed Butler to step up. He answered the call emphatically, changing the complexion of the series significantly ahead of Game 4 on Tuesday.

The five-time All-Star scored 40 points together with 13 assists and 11 rebounds in a determined, gritty 45 minutes on the floor, bringing the Heat back from the brink.

"How else do you say it other than Jimmy effing Butler," said Miami coach Erik Spoelstra.

"But this is what he wanted, this is what we wanted. It's really hard to analyse or describe Jimmy until you actually feel him between the four lines.

"He's a supreme, elite competitor and we needed it."

Among the greats

Butler became only the third player with a 40-point triple-double in Finals history and the first to get one in a winning effort. It was also the first time the Lakers have seen an opponent register a 40-point triple-double against them in playoff history.

The nine-year forward spent much of the second half guarding LeBron James, whose playmaking abilities helped Frank Vogel's side twice erase double-digit deficits and even move in front in the fourth quarter.

James is bidding to win his fourth ring against his former team but Butler made sure he will not waltz to the championship by joining LeBron (four) as the only Heat players with 40-point triple-doubles in the playoffs.

Butler's 40-point haul represents the joint-fifth most scored in the Finals while down 2-0 or 3-0, while it was the biggest in a triple-double when trailing by either of those scores.

Dominating in the paint

The Heat struggled to control Anthony Davis and James in the paint during the first two games but Butler turned that narrative on its head on Sunday.

He scored 24 of his 40 points in the paint, a total only bettered in the Finals since play-by-play data became available by LeBron (30 in 2017 Game 5 and 26 in 2018 Game 1) and Kyrie Irving (26 in 2017 Game 1).

Butler also made 12 free throws, the sixth time this postseason he has been in double digits from the stripe – more than any other player.

"In terms of the physicality, this is why Jimmy prepares the way he does that is so uncommon, year-round. Just to be able to take on that physicality, to make those plays, to be able to draw fouls and take contact and get up and be able to make those free throws," said Spoelstra.

"It's so settling when you have that type of guy in a really competitive game like this. It allows your other guys, and we're playing young guys, they can just be who they are, they don't have to worry about too much pressure or context.

"They can just be who they are when you have somebody like that that takes on all the pressure for them."

Just like Dwyane

Butler also poured in 40 points against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals – James (2011-12) and Dwyane Wade (2004-05 and 2005-06) are the only other Heat players to have hit that total twice in a single postseason.

There are further parallels between Butler and his fellow Marquette product Wade, too.

Wade scored 42 points in Game 3 of the 2006 NBA Finals, which proved to be the first of four straight wins as Miami rallied from 2-0 down to defeat the Dallas Mavericks.

"Obviously this was a very desperate, urgent game and [Butler] was doing it on both ends of the court, just put his imprint on every important part of the game," said Spoelstra.

"He's in the top percentile of this entire association in terms of conditioning and you saw he just got stronger as the game went on.

"But in terms of you saying a Marquette guy … Dwyane swore to us, he looked Pat [Riley] and I dead in the eye and said, 'This is your guy. This is the next guy.'"

Butler will be hoping to emulate Wade and lead the Heat to glory after a stunning Game 3 display.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James hailed Jimmy Butler after fuelling the Miami Heat's 115-104 win in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Butler carried the load for the short-handed Heat, posting 40 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds as Miami reduced the Lakers' lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series at Walt Disney World Resort on Sunday.

Heat star Butler became the first player with 40-plus points and 12-plus assists in an NBA Finals game since Jerry West in 1969, per Stats Perform.

Butler also joined James (2015) and West (1969) as the only players in NBA history to record a 40-plus point triple-double in the Finals.

"I thought Jimmy was phenomenal," James, who led the underwhelming Lakers with 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, said afterwards. "He did everything that they needed him to do tonight and he came through big time in a big-time game.

"We'll watch film and see ways we can be better going into Game 4. But I thought he was great."

Butler and Lakers superstar James went head-to-head throughout in Orlando, Florida.

There were verbal exchanges between James and Butler, with both heard saying "you're in trouble" in the first and fourth quarters.

Asked if he enjoys playing against Butler, James replied: "Love it. Love it. One of the best competitors we have in our game. We love that opportunity.

"For me personally, I don't know how many more opportunities I'm going to have, so to be able to go against a fierce competitor like that is something I'll look back on when I'm done playing. I'll miss those moments."

The Lakers struggled from the outset, falling behind 22-9 early in the opening quarter as Anthony Davis' headlined their woes.

Davis – scoreless in the opening period – posted five turnovers and four fouls, finishing with just 15 points against the red-hot Heat, while James had eight turnovers as the Lakers tallied 19 overall.

"We know that we can't turn the ball over versus this team," three-time champion James said. "They are very active defensively. It starts with myself, being the starting point guard of the team, having five first-half turnovers, eight total for the game. Can't do that, obviously, because it gives them more possessions and doesn't allow us to set our defense.

"They are really, really good offensively, so you just can't turn the ball over against that team. I take full responsibility for that."

On Davis, James added: "He got into some foul trouble. One of the shots he made when he had four fouls, they still tried to slide underneath him and get him a fifth in the third.

"I think the foul trouble made him a little passive, because he wanted to be out on the floor but he couldn't be his aggressive self offensively and defensively. I think the fouls slowed him down a lot tonight."

Jimmy Butler dismissed his stunning triple-double after inspiring the Miami Heat to a crucial 115-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Without injured pair Bam Adebayo (neck) and Goran Dragic (foot) and trailing 2-0 in the best-of-seven series, Butler led the way by scoring 40 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds on Sunday.

Butler became the first player with 40-plus points and 12-plus assists in an NBA Finals game since Jerry West in 1969, per Stats Perform, as the Heat cut the Lakers' lead to 2-1 at Walt Disney World Resort.

The five-time All-Star also joined LeBron James (2015) and West (1969) as the only players in NBA history to record a 40-plus point triple-double in the Finals, but Butler played down the feat.

"We won," Butler told reporters post-game. "I could care less about a triple-double. We play this game to win.

"I'm glad my team-mates got a lot of trust and faith in me to go out there and hoop like that, but like I always say, you guarantee me a win, I could care less."

Butler added: "Everybody remembers winning, that's it. They don't care how many points you score, they only care if you won or lost. For us we're all about winning. We are. I say it all the time but I mean it. The guys that we have, the group that Coach Pat and Coach Spo put together it's always to win, nothing else.

"So I hope the next game I score zero and y'all talk all you want to talk and we win so I come up here and say the same thing."

"You got to empty the tank on every possession, especially playing against a great team like the Lakers," said Butler, who played 45 minutes for the second game in succession.

"But we got a good team. Like I say, I got the easy job. These guys create so much space for me, I get to shoot it whenever I'm open, pass it whenever I'm not. I really do have the easy job. But none of us, none of us are ever going to leave anything in the tank. We're going to lay it all out there on the floor."

Butler and Lakers superstar James went head-to-head throughout in Orlando, Florida.

James – eyeing his fourth championship – led the Lakers with 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, but he had eight turnovers.

There were verbal exchanges between James and Butler, with both heard saying "you're in trouble" in the first and fourth quarters.

"I mean, that's competition at its finest. I think LeBron has got the best of me way too many times," Butler said.

"I respect the guy for it, but this is a different time now, a different group of guys that I have around me, and we are here to win, we are here to compete. But we're not going to lay down, we're going to fight back in this thing, even it up 2-2."

Pressed on his verbal clash with James, Butler added: "First of all, I'm not just out there talking trash because I'm not. LeBron said that to me at the end of the first, that's what happened. I just said it to him in the fourth quarter.

"And talking about playing damn near perfect, we did a good job of that tonight. We rebounded the basketball, which is what we always talked about. We got back. But I think guys are starting to realise how much we belong on this stage and that we are in The Finals for a reason.

"To tell you the truth, I think when we get these other two guys back, they're going to make everybody's job including mine a lot easier. So I'm excited, but we still got to play better moving forward."

Jimmy Butler produced a remarkable triple-double performance as the injury-hit Miami Heat stayed alive in the NBA Finals with a 115-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Without injured duo Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic and trailing 2-0 in the best-of-seven Finals, the Heat had their backs against the wall amid suggestions they could be swept by the Lakers in Orlando, Florida.

But Butler had other ideas as the five-time All-Star posted 40 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in Game 3 to cut the Lakers' series lead to 2-1 at Walt Disney World Resort on Sunday.

Butler became the first player with 40-plus points and 12-plus assists in an NBA Finals game since Jerry West in 1969, per Stats Perform.

LeBron James led the Lakers with 25 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and as many turnovers, while team-mate Anthony Davis (15 points) struggled following five turnovers and four fouls.

All eyes were on the top-seeded Lakers, with James and Davis looking to deliver a first championship to the storied franchise in 10 years.

But the Heat impressed from the outset as Lakers star Davis struggled in the third showdown.

Miami raced out to a 22-9 lead and eventually ended the opening quarter 26-23 ahead, with Davis scoreless after four turnovers in eight minutes of play.

James tried to keep the Lakers in the contest but Butler stayed hot, his 19 points, six rebounds and six assists ensuring the Heat led 58-54 at half-time.

The Lakers rallied early in the fourth quarter – back-to-back three-pointers from Markieff Morris (19 points) and Rajon Rondo's layup helping to put the Los Angeles franchise ahead 91-89, having started the final period trailing 85-80.

But Butler and the Heat had all the answers as they avoided going down 3-0 – Tyler Herro and Kelly Olynyk finishing with 17 points apiece, while Duncan Robinson (13) and Jae Crowder (12) made solid contributions.

Erik Spoelstra and Jimmy Butler insist the Miami Heat still believe they can win the NBA Finals despite falling 2-0 behind to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The optimism around the Heat - the fifth seed in the East - heading into the series was significantly dampened by Game 1 as they let an early lead slip and lost Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo to injury.

Butler also went down but battled on, playing again in Game 2 as the Lakers again came out on top on Friday, 124-114.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis tallied 33 and 32 points respectively and both look to be in the mood to clinch the Lakers' 17th title in double-quick time.

But Miami coach Spoelstra - LeBron's coach as the Heat won the championship in 2012 and 2013 - is adamant his team are not going away.

"We don't give a s*** what everybody else thinks," Spoelstra said. "What will it take? Whatever is necessary. Simple as that.

"If you want something badly enough, you'll figure it out. Our group is stubborn, persistent, and we just need to figure out how to overcome this opponent."

Butler - who had 25 points and 13 assists in Game 2, carrying Miami's hopes in the absence of Dragic and Adebayo - is similarly determined.

"We're never giving up," he said. "We're going to fight, and we're going to ride with this thing until the wheels fall off.

"It's not over. We're just down 0-2; we've got to do something special. We're capable of it.

"I wouldn't want to be in the trenches with any other guys except for the ones that we have. We believe in one another."

Butler added a warning, however: "We've got to play damn near perfect in order to beat those guys. We've yet to do it.

"And if we don't do it soon, it's not going to be pretty."

Anthony Davis and LeBron James combined again as the Los Angeles Lakers claimed a 2-0 series lead over the injury-hit Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

Davis posted a double-double and James top-scored in Friday's 124-114 victory against the Heat at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The Heat were without injured stars Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic in Game 2 following Miami's humbling in the opening game of the NBA showpiece.

Jimmy Butler tried to carry the load for the rallying Heat with 25 points and 13 assists, and while Miami refused to surrender, there was no stopping the high-flying Lakers – who are eyeing their first championship since 2010.

Davis became the third player with at least 30 points in each of his first two career games in the Finals, following in the footsteps of Michael Jordan (1991) and Kevin Durant (2012), after scoring 32 points, per Stats Perform.

Three-time NBA champion James finished with 33 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

James, who moved up to sixth on the all-time Finals list for games played after making his 51st appearance, also climbed up to fourth for all-time Finals rebounds.

Outclassed in Game 1, there were signs of improvement from the short-handed Heat, who narrowed the margin to as little as four points at one point in the contest.

Kelly Olynyk had 24 points and nine rebounds off the bench, however, the Lakers had too much firepower.

Rajon Rondo was three of four from three-point range for 16 points and 10 assists as a reserve, while Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope both contributed 11 points.

Miami Heat pair Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic will sit out Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.

Heat center Adebayo left the 116-98 defeat in Game 1 in the third period after sustaining a neck strain and was listed as doubtful in Orlando, Florida.

Point guard Dragic was also listed as doubtful due to a torn plantar fascia in hist left foot and neither of them will play a part in Game 2 at Walt Disney World Resort.

"These two guys are really amazing... they were both lobbying to play. We ultimately had to take the decision out of their hands," said Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra.

According to reports, it is hoped Adebayo and Dragic will be fit to return in time for Game 3 on Sunday.

Jimmy Butler played on despite twice rolling his ankle in the series opener and the Heat start will take part on Friday.

Miami Heat duo Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic are listed as doubtful for Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Heat started Game 1 on Wednesday positively but were quickly overrun and fell to a 116-98 defeat against the Lakers.

Their chances of starting the series with a victory were hurt by Dragic leaving the game injured in the second quarter, while Adebayo followed in the third period.

The Heat announced on Thursday that both players were doubtful to feature in Game 2 on Friday, with Dragic suffering a torn plantar fascia and Adebayo sustaining a neck strain.

Adebayo suffered a shoulder injury in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics but head coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed it was not a recurrence of that issue.

"It's a different injury to his previous shoulder injury. It's on the same time, so it's easy to draw a comparison, but it's a different injury," said Spoelstra.

Kendrick Nunn replaced Dragic and contributed 18 points off the bench, while Tyler Herro added 14 to leave Spoelstra confident that Miami can cope with any potential absentees.

"At this point it's all hands on deck and it's not like the guys that are potentially sliding into the rotation haven't played before, these guys have confidence and have played big roles for us all year long. Our depth has been one of our biggest strengths, we've utilised it all year long," he said.

"The other benefit of all of this is we've been in this bubble with an extra training camp and everyone's got great work in regardless of whether they've got big minutes in these playoff series. We'll just have to see who is available and make those adjustments."

Jimmy Butler played on despite twice rolling his left ankle. He wore a wrap on the joint when he spoke to the media but insisted he will be ready to play a part in Game 2.

"I'm okay. Like I always say, nobody cares. As long as I suit up and go out there and compete, I'm expected to produce and try to help win. If I suit up, which I will, we better win the game," said Butler.

"They say when it's bad, when it rains, it pours. All in all, though, we're still expecting to win. We got here for a reason."

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