“I enjoy making the big plays,” says Los Angeles Lakers star player Anthony Davis quite often. This has again come to the fore in game four of the NBA finals as his Lakers side beat Miami Heats 102-96 to take a 3-1 series lead in this best of seven series.
AD as he is fondly called finished the first half with eight points, completed the third quarter with 17, and by the end of the game had 22 points, nine rebounds, and four assists but importantly had scored a vital three-pointer to put his side 100-91with 39 seconds to play. Onto this, he added a gigantic block to thwart Jimmy Butler with 24.9 to play and little wonder drew praise from teammate LeBron James.
“I and AD challenge each other a lot and that brings the best out of us to the benefit of the team,” said LeBron who finished on a game-high 28 points,12 rebounds, and eight assists. “We however understand much is still at stake and the job is not yet done” the pivotal LeBron added.
Miami Heats failed to replicate the game it’s three forms in which a 115-104 victory reduced the series score to 2-1 and whetted fans ‘appetites’. A slow start saw them trail 27-22 and despite a solid second half still trailed by two-49-47 at half time.
Going into the final quarter, the Lakers led by five 75-70 and capitalized on poor Miami defense coupled with their own quality on the transition through players like Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, and Kyle Kuzma to seal the win.
Jimmy Butler who had a triple-double in game three again top-scored for Miami with 22 points,10 rebounds, and nine assists while Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, and the returning Bam Adebayo scored a combined 55 points.
Los Angeles Lakers will now target leaving bubble (set-up created post-COVID-19 to allow league climax) in Florida this Friday with a victory that will seal a 17th franchise title but an important victory to honor it’s fallen colleague Kobe Bryant who died early this year.