Los Angeles Lakers have the seventeenth title in the American NBA basketball league up for grabs.
The California club won the fourth game in the NBA final against Miami Heat in the bubble at Disney World in Orlando. The team of LeBron James took distance from the opponent from Miami in the fourth quarter and won 102-96.
The score in the best-of-seven series is 3-1 in favour of the team from Los Angeles. If they win the fifth game on Friday, the Lakers will be champions.
James accounted for 28 points with the Lakers. Anthony Davis added 22 points, and Kantavious Caldwell-Pope was good for 15 points. Miami countered this with 22 points from Jimmy Butler and 21 from Tyler Herro. Bam Adebayo accounted for 15 points.
The game went straight for a long time, while the Lakers often took a few points away. The heat did come back to 83-83 in the fourth quarter and was only two points behind with three minutes to play. After a miss by Butler and a three-pointer by Caldwell-Pope, the difference was made definitive.
“There were some moments of truth at the end, and it probably boils down to them winning those moments of truth,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “It boiled down to making actions. They just made more actions and fired more to complete it. ”
“It felt like both teams were careful and understood the situation they had put themselves in,” said James. “Having extra possession, attacking thoughtfully and not making mistakes defensively, that’s what it was all about.”
The Lakers can give the city of Los Angeles its first NBA title since 2010. Ten years ago, the Boston Celtics were beaten 4-3 in the final.