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story.lead_photo.caption Anthony Davis (left) looks to throw a pass Wednesday against Jae Crowder during the first half of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 116-98 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP/Mark J. Terrill)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- LeBron James finally got an easy Game 1 in the NBA Finals.

A very easy one, at that.

Anthony Davis scored 34 points; James had 25 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists; and the Los Angeles Lakers rolled past the Miami Heat 116-98 on Wednesday night.

"The bigger the moment, he's just raising his play," Lakers Coach Frank Vogel said about Davis, who was making his Finals debut and made it look easy.

The Heat left beaten and battered. Point guard Goran Dragic left in the second quarter and, a person with knowledge of the situation, said he was diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot -- which jeopardizes his availability for the rest of the Finals. And All-Star center Bam Adebayo left in the third quarter after apparently aggravating a left shoulder strain.

"We're much better than we showed tonight," Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said. "You have to credit the Lakers, and we'll get to work for the next one."

Game 2 is Friday night.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13 points, Danny Green had 11, and Alex Caruso finished with 10 for the Lakers. They returned to the Finals for the first time in a decade and sent a very clear message.

James' teams had been 1-8 in Game 1 of past Finals, with losses in each of the past seven openers.

Not this one.

"We kind of picked it up on both ends of the floor," Davis said.

Jimmy Butler fought through a twisted left ankle to score 23 points for Miami. Kendrick Nunn scored 18 points for the Heat, Tyler Herro had 14 and Jae Crowder 12.

"I, and we, are here for him," Butler said about Dragic. "We know how much he wants to win, how much he wants to go to war and battle with us. And obviously, we love him for that and we want him out there with us. But whatever the docs tell him to do, that's what he's got to do. ... He's got to take care of himself first."

Adebayo was held to eight points in 21 minutes, and Miami went with subs for a fourth-quarter burst that turned a total rout into something only slightly more palatable in terms of final margin.

The Lakers did whatever they wanted. They outrebounded Miami 54-36, led by as many as 32 points, and made 15 three-pointers -- a big number for a team that doesn't necessarily count on piling up that many points from beyond the arc. They're 21-3 this season when making at least 14 threes.

The only stretch that provided hope for Miami came in the first six minutes. The Heat scored on six consecutive possessions in what became a 13-0 run to take a 23-10 lead midway through the opening period.

So, the first six minutes were fine for Miami.

Everything else was all Lakers.

"You have to get a feel for how hard Miami plays," James said. "They smacked us in the mouth, and we got a sense of that. From that moment when it was 23-10, we started to play to our capabilities."

The Lakers went 9 of 11 on three-pointers in the final 16 minutes of the first half. Of the nine Lakers who played in the first two quarters, eight tried a three-pointer -- and all eight made at least one.

They closed the first quarter on a 19-3 run. Herro banked in a three from a sharp angle for a 43-41 Miami lead with 7:33 left in the half, and then the Lakers took off again, this time on a 24-5 burst to go into the break with a 65-48 lead.

The Lakers started the third on another run, this one 18-3, and the rout was officially underway.

"You can learn so much more from a win than you can in a loss," James said. "I can't wait for tomorrow for us to get back together and watch the film and see ways we can be better."

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) high-fives Anthony Davis during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) high-fives Anthony Davis during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis (3) slams a dunk against the Miami Heat during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis (3) slams a dunk against the Miami Heat during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, right, drives to the basket past Miami Heat's Kelly Olynyk (9) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, right, drives to the basket past Miami Heat's Kelly Olynyk (9) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) argues a call during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) argues a call during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Miami Heat's Tyler Herro, right, drives to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers' Alex Caruso (4) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Miami Heat's Tyler Herro, right, drives to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers' Alex Caruso (4) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis, right, stops Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo (13) on a drive to the basket during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis, right, stops Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo (13) on a drive to the basket during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) prepares for play to start during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) prepares for play to start during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel argues a call during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel argues a call during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, right, looks to pass while covered by Miami Heat's Duncan Robinson, left, and Goran Dragic (7) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, right, looks to pass while covered by Miami Heat's Duncan Robinson, left, and Goran Dragic (7) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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