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In a rematch of the 2020 NBA Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers held off the Miami Heat 120-117 in an overtime thriller, that featured 33 lead changes and 14 ties. The Lakers (7-5) have now won their last two in a row while the Heat have dropped their last two to fall to 7-4 on the season.

Russell Westbrook had a chance to win it at the end of regulation but settled for a long three as time expired and the game went to overtime. Malik Monk had his best game as a Laker, finishing with 27 points on 10-of-13 from the field, six rebounds, and three assists.

Monk, averaging 7.0 points and 1.8 assists in 20 minutes a night, has quietly been putting up a nice stretch of games for the Lakers following a 10-point outing against the Hornets and 13 points against the Blazers.

The fifth-year guard exploded against Miami and showed why he will be an integral piece for Los Angeles as they look to make a deep playoff run.

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