The Lakers and LeBron are very close to winning their 17th trophy from the National Basketball Association. The Lakers won a theatrical and tense fourth game with the Miami Heat, which ended in the final 96: 102 (22:27, 25:22, 23:26, 26:27) in favor of Frank Vogel’s team. Thus, the California team advanced to the overall standings in the final series with 1-3 victories and needs only one more success to win its first title from the era of the late legend of the team Kobe Bryant and 17 in the history of the organization. Match №5, which may be the last, is on Saturday morning at 4:00 Bulgarian time.
Lakers‘ leader LeBron James was almost invisible in the first half, but he rose sharply after the big break and played a key role in his team’s victory. Anthony Davis was once again like a wall on the defensive, recording 4 umbrellas on his account, and Kentevius Caldwell-Pope became the silent hero of success. The guard scored two consecutive key shots for his team in the last minutes, through which the “Lakers” kept their lead and won the match.
Bam Adebayo has finally returned to the Miami rotation. The titular center of the “hot” overcame the pain in his neck and played 33 minutes in today’s match, leaving 15 points and 7 rebounds. Unfortunately, the veteran and one of the main scorers of Heath Goran Dragic missed the second consecutive match of his team. He came out on the floor for the warm-up before the match but felt severe pain when moving on the floor, which prevented him from participating in the match.
The Lakers reunited with their problems from the third game – attack errors. Frank Vogel’s team lost possession of the ball five times in the match’s first few minutes. Adebayo‘s presence in Heath‘s basket was felt significantly, and the “hot” took a two-point lead in the first break in the match – 12:10. On the other hand, Caldwell-Pope was impeccable in his shooting, scoring 8 of the first 10 points for the Lakers.
“Ezernyatsite” found themselves after a short break and recorded a series of 2: 9, through which they gained a lead of 5 points at 14:19. Heath returned to a possession difference from his opponent in the next few minutes, but the reserves of the Lakers, Kyle Kuzma, and Alex Caruso, again increased the lead of their team – this time to 7 points at 20:27. However, the part ended with a successful shot in favor of Miami – Jimmy Butler reduced the gap of his team to five points after the first 12 minutes – 22:27.
The Californians’ game was unbalanced at the beginning of the second period, and Miami took advantage of this to start the game with eight consecutive points. Caruso returned two for the Lakers, but Heath scored again with a triple by Iguodala, which caused a break from Vogel – 33:29 for the “hot”. LeBron James helped his team to keep up the score, but on the other hand, the returning Adebayo went wild and scored five consecutive points for 39:34. However, the “King” also had his bad moments after recording a mistake №5 on his account in the middle of the second half.
The Lakers equalized after successful shots by Anthony Davis and Markieff Morris, and Danny Green gave them a two-point lead with his second three in the game – 44:46. By the end of the second 12 minutes, a lot of gaps were accumulated by both teams, but still, the “Lakers” kept their fragile lead and withdrew to a 15-minute break with two points asset – 47:49 for the Lakers.
Heath started the second half more than great – with a series of 8: 3, but then LeBron and Danny Green neutralized the “hot” efforts and returned the lead to the Lakers – 54:59. In the next few minutes, the three-point zone was a favorite destination for both teams – James scored once from it, and Crowder and Duncan Robinson did the same for the Miami team – 60:63.
Kuzma and Davis increased the difference of the “ponds” to 7 points after two new successful attempts from a long-distance – 64:71. The “hot” reduced their deficit to one point through the penalty line. Still, Anthony Davis also responded with four consecutive baskets after winning in the last minute of the period, and so the result of the light board after the end of the third part was 70:75 in favor of the Lakers.
Tyler Hiro’s triple made the score 75:76, but the “lakes” again slipped forward after three successful penalties by Markieff Morris and a basket from the middle distance of LeBron James – 75:81. Again, the 20-year-old youngster of the “hot” found the goal from a long distance to reduce his team’s deficit to three points. Davis‘ basket gave the Californians a moment of peace, but Robinson of the three and Butler equalized after 83.