Once again the eaves combination Lebron James and the pivot Anthony Davis, who were once again the stars of the Lakers, made the difference in the victory of the Los Angeles team, which plays the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010 and will seek their seventeenth championship title.
JamesLike the rest of the Lakers, they regained their intensity in their game, especially in the defensive section, and although the Heat recovered their starting center Bam Adebayo, he has lost the previous two games due to injury, the Los Angeles team was always in front of the scoreboard, although without being able to distance himself.
He did it at the decisive moment of the last three minutes of the game when the shooting inspiration of the guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope emerged, who scored five consecutive points with a triple and penetration for the 95-88 quarter and two minutes to go.
There game over for the heat, who tried to make the miracle of the comeback, but without success because the veteran base Rajon Rondo scored a basket, Davis captured a defensive rebound, accompanied by a triple (100-91) and 39.5 seconds left.
That was all it took the Lakers to get closer to the title that ties them with the Boston Celtics as the most winning dynasties in NBA history.
James finished with a double-double of 28 points, 12 rebounds –10 defensive– He distributed eight assists, recovered a ball and lost six, which left him as the leader of the Lakers, who had four players, all starters with double-digit numbers.
Davis fulfilled his offensive work and imposed his presence in the inside game at the end of the game with 22 points, nine rebounds, also distributed four assists, recovered a ball and put up four blocks.
While Caldwell-Pope, who played his best game so far in the playoffs, emerged as a winning factor by scoring 15 points, including three triples, and five assists, which left him as the team’s third leading scorer.
Also guard Danny Green, who did a great defensive job, reached 10 points, in addition to capturing two rebounds and recovering two balls.
This time the star forward of the Heat, Jimmy Butler, Although he was on the verge of repeating triple-double in consecutive matches, in the end he did not do so, nor was he the decisive player in the third match.
His contribution of 22 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and three ball recoveries, left him leading the Heat, but not the winner of his team.
The rookie escort Tyler herro, which was the one kept his team with the triples In the fourth period, he finished as the second leading scorer, contributing 21 points, including three baskets from outside the perimeter, in seven attempts, also grabbing seven rebounds and giving three assists.
Forward Duncan Robinson finished as the Heat’s third leading scorer with 17 points, including three 3-pointers from six attempts, and was perfect (6-6) from the personnel line.
While Adebayo, recovered from the neck injury he suffered in the first game, reached 15 points and captured seven rebounds without being able to be a winning factor with the Heat in the end.
The fifth game of the series will not be played until Friday, in the same scenario of the Orlando bubble.
This is the thirty-sixth time a team has a 3-1 advantage in the NBA Finals. Of the previous 35, the team with the leadership has won the title 34 times, with the Cleveland Cavaliers, with James leading, in 2016, who became the exception when they won three consecutive games against the Golden State Warriors and they achieved their first league title.
While in the situation of the 3-1 finals, the series has ended in five games 51.4% of the time (18), in six 40% (14) and in seven 8.6% (three) .