LeBron James gives his all, but Lakers can't finish Jimmy Butler and Heat in Game 5
Lakers striker LeBron James is fouled by Miami Heat striker Jimmy Butler as he heads for the basket in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 111-108 loss in Game 5 of Friday's NBA Finals.
The Miami Heat wouldn't allow the coronation.
They'd seen the preparations for a championship party, the mamba uniforms the Lakers never lost in wearing, the gold shoes on Anthony Davis' feet - gold like the trophy he thought he'd pull up Friday night.
Not if Jimmy Butler had something to say about it.
Butler scored 35 points, 22 in the first half, to lead the Heat to a 111-108 win in Game 5 that extended the NBA finals until at least Sunday.
LeBron James finished with 40 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, while Davis scored 28.
Davis suffered injury fear by 48 seconds in the first quarter. He was kicked in the right heel, exacerbating a bruise he had previously suffered in the playoffs. He lay on the floor for a few minutes while teammates surrounded him on the baseline. Though he never went to the locker room for treatment, Davis left the game and his team started the second quarter without him as he worked to shake off the injury.
Miami capitalized on and built an 11 point lead.
At halftime, the Lakers had closed the gap and were between 60 and 56. James had carried them with 21 points in the 9-on-11 shooting and scored three out of four three-pointers.
The Lakers took the lead with three of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's in the fourth quarter, but the heat didn't work out. Davis gave the Lakers a point lead, 21.8 seconds, but messed up Butler seconds later, allowing Miami to regain the lead.
Danny Green missed an open three by 7.1 seconds, and Markieff Morris flipped the ball 2.2 seconds ahead to make sure this game goes into the heat.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
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