The Los Angeles Lakers are just one win away from the NBA championship following their 102-96 win over the Miami Heat in Game 4.
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With the win, the Lakers extended their impressive unbeaten record this season in games where they've been leading after three quarters. They're now 56-0 when taking a lead into the fourth.
The Lakers remain perfect when leading after 3 quarters this season.- StatMuse (@statmuse) October 7, 2020
"I think the fourth quarter, obviously it's winning time," LeBron said post-game.
"You've got 12 minutes to buckle down defensively with the lead, kind of hold that lead, and then you have to execute offensively.
"That's the mindset for us. We've got 12 minutes. If we have the lead, it's our job to outscore the opponent or to hold them to [as many] points as us, which is the same exact thing, because if we win the quarter, we win the game. That's kind of been our mindset all year long."
"Well I think the 4th quarter is obviously winning time."@KingJames on being undefeated when having the lead entering the final frame. #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/GPyunom4VG- NBA TV (@NBATV) October 7, 2020
James played all 12 minutes of the fourth quarter and had his fingerprints all over the Lakers' offence on his way to recording a game-high 28 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists on the night.
After Jimmy Butler tied the game at 83-83 with 6:27 remaining, LeBron scored seven-straight points, before setting up Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for a 3-pointer and a layup in the space of a minute.
Split the defense. And-1. That's a King move.- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 7, 2020
(📺: ABC) pic.twitter.com/dZHUP8UqbL
By the 2:02 mark of the quarter, the Lakers had taken a decisive 95-88 lead, with LeBron going 5-of-5 at the free-throw line during that stretch.
He finished the fourth quarter with 11 points, five rebounds, and two assists, and with a fourth championship on the horizon, he left it all out on the floor in the win.
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"For me, I mean, at this point in the season, I don't care about rest. I really don't," he said.
"I don't care about sleep. I don't care about resting throughout the game. Obviously, I come out of the game. Coach has a rhythm and rotation that we live by and we go by. But I don't care about resting because I can rest in a week, max, if it happens to go there. I could rest for a month straight, which I won't do because of who I am; you guys know that. But I can rest then. I can sleep eight hours and get up and eat and then go right back to sleep if I want to."
The Lakers will now have two days off before Game 5 of the Finals, which tips off Saturday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 a.m. IST.
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