The Los Angeles Lakers responded strongly Wednesday to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, leading by three games to one, out of a possible 7 games.
Lakers star LeBron James overcame a lackluster start and Anthony Davis scored a decisive triple to end the Lakers ‘ 102-96 win over the Miami Heat and take a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.
The Heat entered the game after winning the previous Showdown and played with confidence at the start, and Jimmy Butler scored from his five field-goal attempts, including a last-minute shot in the first quarter to cut the Lakers ‘ lead to 27-22.
Miami’s strong defense frustrated the Lakers in a volatile second quarter and the Miami Heat finished the first half just two points behind after a shot from Tyler Herro, according to Reuters.
LeBron James scored 8 points and lost the ball 5 times in the first half, but he did much better in the second half, finishing the game with 28 points, including a shot that was blocked after the Heat tied the score 83-83 with 6 minutes 22 seconds left.
Less than a minute before the end, Davis scored a long-range triple to increase his team’s lead to 9 points, then countered with a try from Butler to confirm the victory and put the Lakers one victory away from clinching the title for the first time since 2010.
The Lakers won the first game by 116-98, the second by 124-114, the third by 115-104, before the fourth by 102-96.
The fifth game will be played next Friday, and if the Lakers win it, the title will be decided once and for all, without having to sink the rest of the meetings.