Lakers top Heat 102-96, take 3-1 lead in NBA Finals

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James passes between Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson, left, and forward Jimmy Butler during the second half in Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
By TIM REYNOLDS LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James woke up from his gameday nap Tuesday and decided it was time to send his Los Angeles Lakers teammates a message. He grabbed his phone and told the Lakers they were facing a must-win game. “I felt that vibe. I felt that pressure,” James said. “I felt like, for me personally, this was one of the biggest games of my career.” Message delivered. James and the Lakers are back in control of these NBA Finals, one win away from the franchise’s 17th championship. James finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, Anthony Davis’ 3-pointer with 39.5 seconds left finally settled matters and the Lakers beat the Miami Heat 102-96 in Game 4. The Lakers lead 3-1 and can win the title when the series resumes Friday.
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