He won by 102 to 96, so he now dominates 3 to 1. This Friday he will seek to sentence the series and obtain the title.
With an almost insurmountable defense and with the usual contribution of the LeBron James-Anthony Davis duo, the Los Angeles Lakers took much more than a victory in the fourth game of the NBA Finals. It is that, with the victory by 102 to 96, the traditional Los Angeles franchise went ahead 3 to 1 in the defining series against the Miami Heat and was one step away to get her first ring in a decade.
Was the most even match in the series. On the one hand, the tireless Jimmy Butler had the collaboration of Bam Adebayo, recovered from a neck injury. On the other, the hunger of LeBron James, who in the third game was chewing anger to the locker room ten seconds before the defeat was consummated. And that, hours before the fourth commitment, he sent a motivating message to his teammates: victory was mandatory.
“This morning, after the team meeting, I felt that vibration, I felt that, for me, it was one of the great games of my career,” the forward aired. “I wanted to send that message to my teammates, about what kind of moment it was, because I know how great the team we play against is and what ambition they have.”
LeBron was the leader again. He finished as the top scorer of the night in Orlando’s “bubble” with 28 points. In addition, he registered 12 rebounds and 8 assists. “It felt like a final match,” James said. “We felt there was desperation on both teams … That’s what it’s about.”
The one that again answered the call His partner’s was Anthony Davis. A triple from the pivot, before the urgent defense of Adebayo, allowed him to take a lead of nine points with less than 40 seconds left on the clock. He totaled 22 units, with 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks.
That 3 was also the last on an effective night on long shots for Los Angeles. He 44% correct In this area, it became a determining factor to win a game dominated by tight defenses.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 15 points and Danny Green added 10 for the Lakers.
For his part, Butler was close to the triple-double in Miami: 22 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. His three robberies and a plug also stood out.
Tyler Herro seconded him. The guard, a hero in the Eastern Conference final against the Boston Celtics, finished with 21 points and continues to establish himself in his first season in the NBA. Additionally, Duncan Robinson had 17 points.
Bam Adebayo, who had not played since the first game of the series due to a neck injury, returned with 15 points and 7 rebounds, although his influence was marginal in the fourth quarter.
The next match of the NBA Finals will be on Friday at 22. For that game, Miami will try to recover the experienced Goran Dragic, who in the first game suffered a tear of the left plantar fascia and does not yet have a return date confirmed.
“This team is made for challenges. We didn’t expect this to be easy,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of the possibility of extending the series.
For their part, the Los Angeles Lakers will go out to finish off their goal: win the first ring of the franchise in the LeBron era.
“The work is not done. We will have an extra day of rest but we have to be sharp. I already want to play,” James warned.
In this way, the team would put an end to a ten-year period without titles, since the double in those days of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.