Olynyk contributes in Heat's victory over Lakers in NBA Finals

Kelly Olynyk of Kamloops helped his Miami Heat to a 115-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday in Orlando in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

The 6-foot-11 forward had 17 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one assist in 31 minutes of action against the Lakers, who lead the series 2-1.

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“We had a real group contribution out there on both ends of the floor and we believe in ourselves,” Olynyk told NBA TV in a post-game interview. “We believe in our system. We believe in our coaches. They put a great game plan in and we executed.”

Jimmy Butler paced the Heat with 40 points, while LeBron James led the Lakers with 25 points.

Olynyk, who is seeing increased minutes in the absence of injured starters Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic, also played a prominent role in Game 2, racking up 24 points in 37 minutes in a 124-114 loss.

“I knew that right now is the time where I have to step up and make some plays on the offensive end for us,” said Olynyk, who notched four points in 18 minutes of action on Wednesday in Game 1.

Game 4 will get underway at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

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