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Los Angeles Lakers discover another scorer with Malik Monk in 120-117 overtime win vs Miami Heat

Written by Doug Rush

The Los Angeles Lakers may have discovered another play-making scorer in Malik Monk, as he had 27 points in a 120-117 overtime win against the Miami Heat.

The Los Angeles Lakers continue to try and tread water while LeBron James recovers from an injury.

While Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony shoulder the load for the Lakers, they desperately have needed someone else to step up.

Enter Malik Monk, who on Wednesday night in the 120-117 overtime win for the Lakers over the Miami Heat, stepped up and showed everyone he can be that kind of player.

Monk had 27 points, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter and five in the overtime period, as he really was the difference maker in the game for the Lakers.

Before Wednesday night, the most Mono had scored this season for the Lakers was 17 points, which came last month against the San Antonio Spurs.

With LeBron continuing to recover from his abdominal injury, the Lakers are continuing to figure it out.

Discovering that they had another possible play-making scorer in Monk is a really good thing moving forward, especially since Monk is only 23 years old and the Lakers discovered something that the Charlotte Hornets couldn’t do in four years.

Whatever it was, who knows. But the Lakers are reaping the benefits of it and should continue to do so for the rest of the season.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.