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Lakers cool down Heat to seize 3-1 lead in NBA Finals

Delfin Dioquino

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Lakers cool down Heat to seize 3-1 lead in NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 06: Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat defends LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the fourth quarter in Game Four of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on October 6, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP


LeBron James takes over in the second half as the Lakers inch closer to their first NBA title in a decade

A win away from NBA glory.

The Los Angeles Lakers moved on the cusp of a championship with a 102-96 win over the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday, October 6 (Wednesday, October 7, Manila time).

LeBron James dominated in the second half and chalked up 28 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists as the Lakers seized a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven affair.

Scoring only 8 points and committing 5 turnovers in the first half, James took control in the last two quarters to help the Lakers inch closer to their first NBA title in a decade.

“We understand what is at stake. The job is not done,” James said.

The Heat threatened to stain the Lakers’ 55-0 record when leading after 3 quarters by knotting the score at 83, but James restored order for the Lakers with 5 straight points.

Since then, the Heat never tied the game again as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo, and Anthony Davis brought the Lakers home.

Caldwell-Pope hit a triple and a layup in back-to-back possessions before Rondo converted an easy deuce and assisted on a Davis three-pointer for a 100-91 lead with 30 ticks left.

Davis put up 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 blocks, the last a denial on Jimmy Butler that virtually sealed the game.

Despite finishing just a dime short of another triple double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists, Butler struggled to dominate just like he did in their Game 3 win as the Lakers put Davis on him on defense.

Caldwell-Pope had 15 points, Danny Green chipped in 10 points, while Markieff Morris and Kyle Kuzma added 9 points each for the Lakers.

The game marked the return of Bam Adebayo, who delivered 15 points and 7 rebounds in the loss, from his neck injury but the Heat still missed the services of Goran Dragic (foot).

Tyler Herro backstopped Butler with 21 points and 7 rebounds, while Duncan Robinson chimed in 17 points for the Heat.

Only the 2015 Cleveland Cavaliers, led by James, managed to come back from a 1-3 deficit in NBA Finals history. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.