Lakers vs Heat live stream: How to watch NBA Finals Game 6 online

Lakers vs Heat live stream: Game 6 of the NBA Finals
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Lakers vs Heat start time, channel

Lakers vs Heat game 6  is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT tonight (Sunday, October 11). The NBA finals are airing on ABC (and ESPN in certain regions).

Here we are, at a game many didn't think would happen, the Lakers vs Heat live stream of game 6. Tonight's edition of the NBA Finals is here because of Jimmy Butler's sheer force of will, after stopping the strongest force in the league (LeBron James), with a Miami Heat that refuses to lose. And if Butler sees any signs of a coronation ceremony starting too early tonight, he might force game 7 of the NBA Finals out of spite.

So, we're all now wondering the same questions: can Butler do it again, or does Miami have another way to win up its sleeves? Because between James and Anthony Davis, and the surprising members of the Lakers bench, LA can get it done. In fact, in game 5, James and Davis combined to score 68 points.

James and Davis shot with 67% accuracy, while the rest of the team netted at 30%. Is that burden getting to LA's finest? 

While Butler gets the credit for the game 5 win, Kendrick Nunn (14 points) and Duncan Robinson (26 points) also chipped in. Robinson's three near the start of the 4th quarter was especially noteworthy, in getting momentum for Miami.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel's decision to challenge a foul call on James could be criticized, as it left Los Angeles short on time-outs for the last stretch of the game. But, since LA is still up 3-2, Miami still has to pull out two more of these gutsy performances.

Here is everything you need to watch the Lakers vs Heat live stream of game 6:

How to avoid Lakers vs Heat blackouts with a VPN

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Lakers vs Heat live streams in the US

In the U.S., Lakers vs Heat game 6 of NBA finals is today (Sunday, Oct. 11) at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC, though ESPN will get it in certain regions — so check your local listings. 

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The rest of the championship series is also airing on ABC, which you can get for free with one of the best TV antennas.

If you've already cut the cord and don't have a cable package, you'll be able to get this game on FuboTV, which is one of the best cable TV alternatives. Fubo carries the local broadcast networks, including ABC. And sports lovers will find a ton of other channels they want on Fubo, like ESPN, NBCSN, FS1 and NFL Network.


Fubo.TV: If you love sports, you probably want to check out Fubo.TV. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front. The channel lineup includes ABC and ESPN, as well as other top networks including Bravo, FX, MTV and USA. 

Sling TV:

Sling TV: IF ESPN gets the Lakers vs Heat game in your region (it's not going to be there in NYC, for example) you can watch it on the Sling Orange package. The 30-plus channels in the lineup include ESPN, AMC, CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network, HGTV and many more.

Lakers vs Heat live streams in the UK

British basketball fans will have to stay up very late to catch the Lakers vs Heat live stream of game 6 at 12:30 a.m. BST. The game will air on  Sky Sports, and those without Sky Sports can pick it up from Now TV, with prices starting at £9.99.

NBA League Pass is also available in the U.K., at £42.99 for the rest of the year and serves up all of the games with no blackouts.

Lakers vs Heat live streams in Canada

Hoops fans in Canada can watch Lakers vs Heat on TSN, which can be added to your package if you don't have it already. Game 6 is on TSN1.

NBA League Pass is also available in Canada.

Lakers vs Heat series schedule

(all times ET)

  • Game 1: Lakers 116, Heat 98
  • Game 2: Lakers 124, Heat 114
  • Game 3: Heat 115, Lakers 104
  • Game 4: Lakers 102, Heat 96
  • Game 5: Heat 111, Lakers 108
  • Game 6: Sunday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. (ABC)
  • *Game 7: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 9 p.m. (ABC)

* = if necessary

Henry T. Casey
Managing Editor (Entertainment, Streaming)

Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.