The Los Angeles Lakers came into Game 4 seeking revenge for the loss in their previous game. LeBron James was underwhelming last time and was one of the biggest reasons for the Game 3 loss. So he knew he had to improve.
Early in the first quarter, LeBron had a brilliant highlight play. After intercepting a pass from Duncan Robinson, he charged towards the paint with just Tyler Herro on him. However, the size difference was too much for the rookie who got bulldozed as LeBron ran through him before finishing at the rim with authority.
Driving to the rim is LeBron’s biggest strength, he is never afraid to exploit any mismatch that comes his way. Herro tried to keep up with him, but he was shown no mercy and was left reeling on the floor by King James.
LeBron reminded the Heat why he was the best player in the league as he scored 28 points off 8/16 shooting. Along with scoring, he also led the team in rebounds with 12 and assists with eight dimes. But he was slightly careless with the ball, as he racked up a whopping six turnovers.
In the first half, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the leading scorer for the Lakers, but LeBron entered the second half with a sense of urgency. He knew the team depended on him and was determined to do better.
He punished the Heat in the post and powered through their defense with his strong drives. Unable to contain him, the Heat sent him to the charity stripe 12 times, and Bron converted 10 of those.
The Heat were solid with their defense and restricted the Lakers with their zone. Jimmy Butler was a menace for the Lakers throughout the game and continued his brilliant form from the previous game. He had 22 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists, but unfortunately, his team still fell short.
The Lakers started with two dominant wins but were given a reality check in Game 3. But tonight they showed they are the better team as they came away with the win after some clutch plays in the final minutes of the game.
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