The LA Lakers responded to their first loss in the NBA Finals by gutting out a Game 4 win over the Miami Heat. The Lakers were tested but battled through to move just a victory away from securing the franchise’s 17th championship. Following the contest, LeBron James had a powerful message ahead of the potentially series-clinching Game 5.
Lakers grab tough Game 4 win over the Heat
The Heat entered Game 4 with plenty of momentum after securing a much-needed win in Game 3.
However, the Lakers responded to the loss with a gut-it-out performance on Tuesday night. It was a struggle through much of the contest for LA to find offensive consistency as Miami put forth a strong defensive stand.
The separation came in the fourth quarter as LeBron James stepped up with some big shots down the stretch. It was more than James as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a huge 3-pointer and a layup near the end of the shot clock that gave the Lakers a decisive edge.
Anthony Davis also stepped up defensively in the fourth quarter while guarding Jimmy Butler along hitting a dagger 3-pointer to put LA up nine points with 39 seconds remaining in the period. Davis sealed the deal with a block on Butler’s layup on the next possession.
It wasn’t a performance that the Lakers’ glided through, but more so muscled their way toward a win away from winning the NBA title. Following the contest, James sent a strong message ahead of the potential series-clinching Game 5.
LeBron James’ clear-cut message ahead of Game 5
The Lakers have reached being on the verge of securing an NBA title after a tough win in Game 4.
It has pushed all the chips to the center of the table, with the championship being within grasp. With that in mind, LeBron James voiced after Tuesday’s game that he doesn’t care about rest at this point in the season with his sole focus on winning an NBA title.
“For me, I mean, at this point in the season, I don’t care about rest. I really don’t. I don’t care about sleep. I don’t care about resting throughout the game. Obviously, I come out of the game. Coach has a rhythm and rotation that we live by and we go by. But I don’t care about resting because I can rest in a week, max, if it happens to go there.
James continued: “I could rest for a month straight, which I won’t do because of who I am; you guys know that. But I can rest then. I can sleep eight hours and get up and eat and then go right back to sleep if I want to.”
The 35-year-old knows the importance and focus that is needed to get the job done. James’ words ring louder for his teammates to put everything they have mentally and physically into Game 5 to secure the NBA title. It’s a testament to his leadership that has the Lakers in the promising spot of reaching the ultimate goal.
Lakers are eyeing NBA title in Game 5
The Lakers are well aware of what’s at stake in Game 5 with a chance to secure the NBA title.
It may be where LeBron James’ experience comes into play in these high-pressure situations in the NBA Finals. Meanwhile, it’s a career-defining moment for Anthony Davis to secure his first championship and add a critical part to his legacy.
Meanwhile, the Heat have continued to prove why they reached the NBA Finals behind their gritty play defensively and collective unselfish push offensively. Jimmy Butler has demonstrated that he’s a legitimate star while guiding Miami forward behind his performance on both ends of the floor.
It sets up another thrilling game in the NBA Finals with the Lakers eyeing the finish line at the mountaintop.