Despite being the best of his team, the forward could not give him the third victory and the Miami franchise shortened the gap and went 1-2
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On a night in which forward Jimmy Butler established his best mark as a professional in the playoffs by contributing a triple-double of 40 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in the victory of the Miami Heat 115-104 against the Los Angeles Lakers in the third game of the NBA Finals, LeBron James was once again the protagonist.
The former Cleveland Cavaliers player was upset by the development of the game and did not hide his frustration. In the absence of 10 seconds until regulation time officially ends, he decided to leave the field and go to the changing rooms.
The surprise victory of the Heat, was the first of the series that the best of seven disputed and that is now with a 2-1 advantage for the Lakers team. The fourth game will be played on Tuesday in the same scenario of the Orlando bubble.
Miami Heat closed the gap in the NBA Finals 1-2
The final seconds that were lived in the AdventHealth Arena showed the discomfort of the Los Angeles team , which could not get an advantage over the end of any of the four halves.
The inspiration of Butler, who achieved the third 40-point triple-double in Finals history , sentenced the much-acclaimed superiority of the Lakers, who unlike the previous two games, their two stars, center Anthony Davis and forward LeBron James did not show their greatest intensity.
In the press conference after the defeat, the 35-year-old basketball player acknowledged that “they are really good offensively” and, when asked if his disappearance from the court was due to frustration or because he thought the game was over, he limited himself to saying that it was “both.”
“I don't think we are worried. We are not. We know that we can play much better. We have another chance to take control on Tuesday, “he said.
Butler was the figure of the third meeting between the Heat and the Lakers
Along with Butler , rookie guard Tyler Herro and Canadian center Kelly Olynyk , who came back out of reserve, scored 17 points each as the Heat's second-leading scorers. While guard-forward Duncan Robinson and forward reached 12 goals each.
This time, James finished as the leader of the Lakers , getting a double-double of 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, which were not enough to give his team the victory, but he established another individual record.
He now has 843 assists , which is 222 more than anyone else this season, while Serbian center Nikola Jokic of Denver is second with 621 . That will be the largest margin between first and second in the NBA since 2004-05, when Steve Nash (1,031) was 363 more than Stephon Marbury (668).