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The Los Angeles Lakers had to grind it out in Game 4 against the Miami Heat but moved closer to an NBA championship with the win Tuesday night, 102-96.
Anthony Davis hit the dagger three-pointer to put the Lakers up nine points with under 40 seconds left. Davis added a big fourth block of the game on Jimmy Butler to kill any kind of momentum brewing for Miami at the end of the game.
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Davis’ big plays along with LeBron James’ play throughout the night helped the Lakers to win. Los Angeles also got a clutch three-pointer and an aggressive layup in pivotal moments from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Davis finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists in 42 minutes. James had 28 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in 39 minutes. Caldwell-Pope played 32 minutes and had 15 points and five assists.
The Heat appeared to be playing at a different pace after a momentous Game 3.
They kept up with the Lakers for the most part but couldn’t turn the corner when it counted. Butler missed a big wide-open three-pointer in the corner that would have brought them at the Lakers’ door. Key missed shots from Kendrick Nunn would also hurt down the stretch.
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Butler finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in 43 minutes. Rookie Tyler Herro contributed 21 points had a big part in keeping the Heat in the game down the stretch.
Bam Adebayo played Game 4 after missing Games 2 and 3 with a neck injury. He had 15 points and seven bounds.
Los Angeles moves within one game of its 17th NBA title. James is also close to getting his fourth ring.
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Game 5 will be Friday night at 9 p.m. ET.
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