Los Angeles edged Miami 102-96 and went ahead 3-1 in the NBA Finals thanks to another great performance from No. 23
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One step away from being NBA champions again . This is how the Los Angeles Lakers remained after winning Game 4 of the finals against the Miami Heat : it was 102-96 for the Los Angeles franchise, which had another great performance from LeBron James to go 3-1 in the series.
The Lakers number 23 led his team in points, rebounds and assists in the game and was on the verge of a new triple-double to lead the purple and gold. LeBron finished the game with 28 points (8-16 shooting from the field), 12 rebounds and 8 assists in the 39 minutes he played, but he was even more decisive several hours before taking the court.
Once the King got up after resting in the afternoon, he sent a message to his teammates through the WhatsApp group that the Lakers have . What did the three-time NBA champion write as he seeks to win a new title with a third franchise? “I got up from my nap after training in the morning and I felt the pressure, which was one of the most important games of my career,” James said in dialogue with the press after the victory in the Orlando bubble.
“I know we play with a great team, an ambitious and well-trained team. I feel like if we want to be champions, we need to have the same attitude, and that's my mindset, ”added Los Angeles number 23. The message was clear: if the Lakers want to be NBA champions, it was key for James to win Game 4. And they did .
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“It is the first time that LeBron sends a message in the bubble saying that a game was essential,” confessed Anthony Davis , another key in the Los Angeles team. The pivot scored a decisive triple at the end of the game to seal the victory and fulfilled a superb defensive task containing Jimmy Butler, the star and figure of the Heat. He contributed 22 points, 9 rebounds and distributed 4 assists.
Once the game was over, LeBron took the microphone and again made it clear what his mentality is regarding the series against Miami despite being in advantage. “ The work is not finished . We have the possibility of being able to recover our bodies to have an extra day of rest, but also to have our mind sharpened, “he said.
He added: “Once again, we will do everything around the treatment and we will train as if we were going to play on Thursday. He will continue working, I will not sleep until the work is not finished. I already think about the next game ”.
LeBron was once again key to the success of the LA Lakers in the NBA Finals (AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill)
Looking ahead to the fifth game of the series, to be played next Friday, there is a very favorable statistic for the Lakers. Frank Vogel's team is 56-0 during the current season when it begins by winning the last quarter of the game . The same thing happened this Tuesday, as LA started the final period with an advantage (75-70). For its part, there is one that shows how difficult it will be for Miami to turn around the result of these finals: only one team in pure history to reverse a 1-3 . Precisely, with James as the main actor, it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who recovered from that disadvantage in the 2016 definition against the Golden State Warriors to win the first championship in their history in the NBA.
LeBron has a goal. The only thing that matters to him is to celebrate a title again and for that he will prepare. “At this point in the season I don't worry about rest anymore. I don't worry about sleeping. I don't worry about resting during the game. Obviously I can go out, the coach has a rhythm and a rotation that we follow. But I don't mind resting because I will be able to do it in a week at the most, if I ever go there. I will be able to rest for a whole month, which is something that I will not do because of who I am, you know that ”, he said.
LeBron James was the top scorer of the game: he finished with 28 points (Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE via Getty Images / AFP)