The Los Angeles Lakers entered Game 4 of the 2020 NBA Finals with a 2-1 series lead against the Miami Heat on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET. After today’s game, the Lakers are now one step away from the NBA championship title and are sure to shake up the upcoming NBA odds in Game 5. The Western Conference’s pride defeated Heat 102-96 to take another series lead heading to Game 5 on Friday.
Game 4 Recap
Game 4 gave us polar opposite scenarios of what happened in the first three games, but the ending is something the majority of us already expected.
As the first half of the game only featured several turnovers from the Lakers and timely shots from the Heat, the real action didn’t start until the second half. LeBron James continued to give away the ball early when the opponent’s defense was still strong. He once again reached his career-high eight turnovers in Game 4.
The Lakers didn’t lead the game by over seven points in the first three quarters. LeBron with his rebounds and assists and Anthony Davis with his outstanding defense only dominated the Heat in the second half. The Heat threatened to delay the Lakers’ victory after three quarters by knotting the score at 83, but LeBron maintained the momentum of his team with five straight points. Since then, the Heat failed to put the tally into a tie after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo, and Davis brought the victory home.
LeBron secured 28 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists on Game 4. LeBron’s heroics and defense helped the Lakers secure victory.
Davis sealed the game with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 blocks. His three-point shot and last block against Jimmy Butler killed the Heat’s chance to make a comeback and secure a score over 96. Only 20.5 seconds remained when Davis officially secured Game 4 for the Lakers.
Caldwell-Pope concluded Game 4 with 15 points and Danny Green with 10 points. Both Markieff Morris and Kyle Kuzma chipped in 9 points each for their team.
On the Heat’s side, Butler finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. Tyler Herro is second to Butler with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Duncan Robinson contributed 17 points and 3 assists.
Game 4 also marked the return of Bam Adebayo from his neck injury. Adebayo delivered 15 points and 7 rebounds. The Heat successfully utilized his defensive strategies in Game 4.
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