Anthony Davis # 3 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the Miami Heat during the first game of the NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena on September 30, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.
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The National Basketball Association played Game 1 of their final in front of an average of 7.4 million viewers on ABC, the lowest audience for a final competition since 1994.
The audience numbers were reported by the Hollywood Reporter. Requests to the NBA and ESPN, who produced the game for ABC to confirm total viewers, were not returned.
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat (116-98), led by striker Anthony Davis, who scored 34 points. In the NBA championship game, Lakers star LeBron James plays one of his former teams in the heat.
James helped lead the Heat to four direct finals from 2010 to 2014.
The 2020 NBA final kicked off the lowest-rated game since 2007, when the San Antonio Spurs played against the James-led Cleveland Cavaliers. It was also the NBA’s lowest-regarded final competition since Game 5 of the Houston Rockets vs. New York Knicks in 1994.
Last year Game 1 of the final between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors attracted 13.3 million viewers. The NBA hit and roughly hit viewer highs for the game in Canada in 2019 7.4 million viewers. However, these numbers are not counted as US viewers.
The NBA continues its bubble finals on Friday. Game 2 should start at 9 p.m. East.