The Heat Continue to Make History, as Game 6 Looms Big on Sunday

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James scores between Miami Heat forward Jae Crowder, left, and guard Tyler Herro during the second half in Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

With Game 6 of the series between the Heat and the Lakers set for Sunday evening, and Miami barely making it through Friday’s game, here’s what to expect.

According to the team’s website, it is doubtful that Goran Dragic will appear in the matchup, as he continues to deal with a torn plantar fascia on his left foot.

Meanwhile, Gabe Vincent remains questionable, as his right knee is still apparently sore.

Jimmy Butler shined and truly made some history in Game 5 on Friday, putting 35 points on the board over the span of 12 rebounds and 11-assist triple-doubles.

According to the Miami Heat, his performance becomes just the third 35-point triple-double during elimination time in Finals history. James Worthy and Jerry West were the first two, in 1988 and 1969, respectively.

Additionally, Butler is now second only to Michael Jordan in terms of number of points and assists in the first five Finals games.

As if that wasn’t enough, Duncan Robinson continued the history-making streak, by tying for the thirdmost three-point field goals in the NBA’s Finals history (with seven).

Stephen Curry had nine back in 2018, while Ray Allen grabbed the top spot a decade ago, with 10 such field goals.

Miami beat the Lakers, 111-108, on Friday night. That cuts the Lakers’ series lead to 3-2.

What happens Sunday is anyone’s guess! Game time is at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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