Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Tonight marks the fourth game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat in their best-of-seven playoff series. After losing the first two, the Heat were able to win the last game, 115-104. During that game, Jimmy Butler scored 40 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out 13 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked 2 shots. The Heat will look to tie the series up tonight.
Los Angeles Lakers:
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision)
-J.R. Smith (coach’s decision)
-JaVale McGee (coach’s decision)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (coach’s decision)
-Solomon Hill (coach’s decision)
-Derrick Jones (coach’s decision)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Chris Silva (coach’s decision)
-Gabe Vincent (knee)
-Goran Dragic (foot)
The game would be competitive in the first half as the Miami Heat shot 42% from the field while the Los Angeles Lakers shot 45%. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chalked up ten points which included two three-pointers in the first quarter. LeBron James helped out with eight points while recording 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.
Former New Orleans Pelicans’ power forward Anthony Davis also had eight points to go along with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block. Danny Green was able to score eight points, as well, knocking down two three-pointers in the process. Dwight Howard was held scoreless. Rajon Rondo played 14 minutes off of the bench but was also kept scoreless.
As for the Miami team, Jimmy Butler scored 13 points on 71% shooting. He also had 2 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and a block. Bam Adebayo contributed with nine points to go along with 4 rebounds, one assist, and a steal.
Duncan Robinson also had nine points, including a three-pointer in the first quarter. Wisconsin-native Tyler Herro scored seven points while Jae Crowder went scoreless. Kendrick Nunn played the most minutes off of the bench but only had six points as the Lakers went into halftime with a 49-47 lead.
The game was still neck-and-neck in the second half as both teams shot 42% from the field. James added 20 more points to his scoring total which contained two three-pointers in the third period. He also had 9 rebounds and 4 assists while Davis helped out with 14 points. Caldwell-Pope had five points while Danny Green was kept to just two. Markieff Morris played 18 minutes off of the bench but only had six points.
On the other end of the floor, Herro dropped 14 more points which included 3 three-pointers in the fourth quarter. Butler had nine points while both Robinson Crowder scored eight each. Nunn played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Lakers crept away with a 102-96 win, taking a 3-1 series lead. LeBron James finished the game with 28 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, and one steal. Jimmy Butler settled for 22 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, and a block.
The Los Angeles Lakers will look to win the series and capture their 17th championship as they take on the Miami Heat on Friday at 9:00 p.m.