LeBron James overcame a slow start to finish with game-highs of 28 points and 12 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers moved within one win of their 17th championship with a 102-96 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.
Highlights of Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat.
Los Angeles Lakers
Points: LeBron James – 28
Assists: LeBron James – 8
Rebounds: LeBron James – 12
Points: Jimmy Butler – 22
Assists: Jimmy Butler – 9
Rebounds: Jimmy Butler – 10
Lakers lead best-of-seven series 3-1
James scored 20 of his points in the second half and added eight assists on the night as the Lakers seized a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Anthony Davis scored 22 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 15 – including two crucial fourth-quarter baskets – and Danny Green had 10 for Los Angeles.
Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. Tyler Herro added 21 points and Duncan Robinson had 17. Bam Adebayo returned after missing two games with a neck/shoulder injury to score 15 but Goran Dragic (foot) remained sidelined.
The Lakers went ahead 93-88 on a Caldwell-Pope three-pointer with 2:58 remaining. After Adebayo couldn’t beat the shot clock on a jumper, Caldwell-Pope finished a lay-up on the other end for a seven-point lead.
Jae Crowder nailed a trey to cut the Heat’s deficit to four with 1:37 left, but Rajon Rondo scored his first bucket of the game and Davis followed from three-point range to seal the game for the Lakers.