Furious LeBron James leaves the court 10 seconds BEFORE the end of the game after Jimmy Butler inspired injury-ravaged Miami Heat to shock 115-104 victory over LA Lakers to breathe life into NBA Finals
- LeBron James stormed off court 10 seconds before the end of LA Lakers’ defeat
- Jimmy Butler and undermanned Miami Heat breathed new life into NBA Finals
- Star James left the court and headed for the dressing room as clock ticked down
- The Lakers lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 ahead of Game 4 on Tuesday night
LeBron James stormed off court 10 seconds before the end of Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-104 defeat by Miami Heat on Sunday.
Jimmy Butler and the undermanned Miami Heat breathed new life into the NBA Finals with a gritty victory that cut the best-of-seven series deficit to 2-1.
As the clocked ticked down into the dying seconds LA Lakers star James left the court and headed for the dressing room.
LeBron James (No 23) stormed off court 10 seconds before the end of LA Lakers’ 115-104 loss
As the clocked ticked down into the dying seconds LA Lakers’ star James left the court
The LA Lakers star headed for the dressing room before the end of the match on Sunday
James had a team-high 25 points for the Lakers while Anthony Davis, who was a dominant force in the first two games of the series, got in early foul trouble and lacked rhythm as he managed just 15 points.
The Heat, well aware that no NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 series deficit to win in seven games, squandered a 14-point third-quarter lead but dug deep in the fourth to avoid being pushed to the brink of elimination.
‘I think we realised that we belong,’ said All Star forward Butler after recording his first career play-off triple-double with 40 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds.
‘They can be beaten as long as we do what we are supposed to do.’
Miami, without injured starters Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic for a second consecutive game, built a 13-point lead out of the gate but the Lakers clawed back to within four points after two quarters despite 14 turnovers.
The Heat opened the third with a 10-0 run to build another double-digit lead and while the Lakers missed their first seven shots of the half they fought back to lead 91-89 with under nine minutes to play.
Jimmy Butler (No 22) and the undermanned Miami Heat breathed new life into the NBA Finals
James had a team-high 25 points for the Lakers but it was not enough in Game Three
Miami needed someone to step up and Butler answered the call with eight consecutive points as the Heat pulled away.
‘I thought Jimmy was phenomenal,’ said James.
‘He did everything that they needed for him to do tonight and he came through big time in a big-time game.’
This year’s NBA Finals will cap a season unlike any other as play restarted in July after a four-month hiatus with all games held at Disney World in Florida to limit the risk from the novel coronavirus. Game Four is on Tuesday.
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