The Los Angeles Lakers now lead the finals series 3-1 after overcoming the Miami Heat in Game 4 by 102-96.
A similar display from Game 3 wherein the Lakers struggled in the first half of the game with turnovers as LeBron James had six of them, but James delivered what the team needed and finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists. Lakers star Anthony Davis had his big-time 3-pointer in the final seconds to seal their victory as he finished with 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists.
“Big-time play. Big-time moment,” James said of Davis’ 3-pointer. “Not only for A.D., but for our ballclub and for our franchise.”
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went big in the first quarter for the Lakers and back-to-back plays in the fourth quarter as he finished with 15 points and 5 assists, while the rest of the squad contributed as much as possible. Danny Green had 10 points and went 4-of-8 in the field, Kuzma and Morris had 9 points each, Caruso scored 7, and Rondo grabbed 7 boards and 5 assists.
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After missing Game 2 and 3, Heat star Bam Adebayo was back and played in Game 4 after having a neck injury suffered in Game 1. Adebayo scored 15 points and 7 rebounds to help the Heat, as Jimmy Butler with an almost another triple-double performance with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists, but wasn’t enough this time to tie the series.
“Like I always say, they’re a really, really, really good team and we’ve got to play damn near perfect to beat them,” Butler said. “We didn’t do that tonight. … We’ll watch this, learn from it, but we can’t lose another one.”
21 points and 7 rebounds were made by Tyler Herro, while 17 points from Duncan Robinson being 3-of-6 from behind the arc.
“I just loved seeing our guys compete. I love how they respond in between those four lines,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “This was a throwback game and there were some moments of truth there at the end, and probably the bottom line is they won those moments of truth.”
This is the 36th time that a team has held a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. From the previous 35, the team with the lead has gone on to win the title 34 times — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2016 became the exception when they won three straight games to defeat the Golden State Warriors.
The two teams will get two days off before they’re back and play for Game 5 on Saturday.