Despite being the best team in the West during the regular season, they still have to bring their best game if they want to have a shot of making the conference finals.
Did Los Angeles not do that in the first round, losing the first game against Portland 100-93 before stringing up four straight victories in torrid fashion to easily wrap up a 4-1 series victory?
The Rockets emerged victorious in the opening game despite being the underdogs.
"I've been around a long time and just at the end it was a little insane", Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. Will the Lakers return the favor and tie the series tonight in Game 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET?
The three-time champion and four-time MVP improved to second on the all-time playoffs list for three-pointers made. Davis doesn't have a history of leveling flagrant fouls, which in the playoffs could lead to an automatic one-game suspension.
After Butler made just one of two free throws for a 114-111 lead with 7.7 seconds left, Goran Dragic was called for a debated brush foul on a Khris Middleton 3-point attempt.
The Heat will continue to work hard on the defensive end and the glass while forcing the Bucks to take long-distance shots.
Westbrook helped defend that, perhaps remembering some of his old coach's plays. (Bam) Adebayo's the only guy they got bigger than us and I don't know, what two inches bigger? The Lakers shot 56.6 from the field and scored 54 points in the paint. "It's tough", Paul said. "We've just got to have that intensity at the beginning of the game and we'll be all right". Honestly, a lot of people doubted us, but we didn't doubt ourselves.
The Bucks had a 14-point lead late in the third quarter this past Friday, but they were dismantled by the Heat in the fourth 40-13.
The Lakers' Anthony Davis keeps the ball out of reach of the Rockets' James Harden during Sunday's playoff game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
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The Heat will have another chance to close out the series Tuesday and make its first Eastern Conference final appearance since 2013-14.
Part of that preparation will be figuring out a way to shoot better from 3-point range.
The Thunder closed the first quarter with a 10-2 spurt to take a 30-29 lead.
The Bucks misplaced firstly of the second quarter resulting from an ankle harm to Antetokounmpo, who had already scored 19 factors in simply eleven minutes of play. He bounced back with 13 points in Game 6. He finished 9 for 12.
Houston got the final five points of the third on a basket by Westbrook and a 3-pointer by Jeff Green, another former Oklahoma City player.
And when the Rockets adapted from the first to the second half, James was in control of both sides recently.
Referees sent Butler to the line, with no one else on the lane, as some Heat teammates knelt at midcourt.
Going down 3-0, the first-seeded Milwaukee Bucks had a mountain to climb. "We have been proving that people were wrong all year", declared Heat center Adebayo, who finished the game with a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds.
For Miami, Butler is averaging 26.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists.