Is it finally time to crown the Lakers as NBA champions and leave the “bubble” behind for good? Or will the Heat spoil the celebration? We find out Friday night.
Los Angeles took a commanding 3-1 lead in the 2020 NBA Finals with a hard-fought Game 4 win. LeBron James knows about as well as anyone that 3-1 doesn’t mean the series is over, so he will be looking to close it out in Game 5 and capture his fourth career title.
As for Miami’s mentality, this Heat team has no intentions of laying down and letting the Lakers walk out with the Larry O’Brien trophy.
“We’re so comfortable with who we are and how we play that that’s what we’re going to go out there and do. And we’re going to live with the end result,” Heat forward Jimmy Butler said after Game 4. “Obviously, we want it to be a win, but we just got to lock in on us knowing that we can control a lot of these things, but our confidence ain’t going nowhere.
“It’s going to stay high. I’m going to make sure that it stays high because it’s going to have to be at an all-time high to get this next win.”
Sporting News will provide live updates and highlights from Game 5 between the Lakers and Heat. Follow along right here.
Lakers vs. Heat score
Lakers vs. Heat live updates, highlights from Game 5
(All times Eastern)
9:25 p.m. — Speaking of alley-oops, here’s LeBron James finding Anthony Davis on the fast break.
9:15 p.m. — First points of Game 5: An alley-oop to Bam Adebayo. Let’s do this.
9:05 p.m. — The Lakers are rocking the Black Mamba uniforms, so Anthony Davis decided to pull out some Gold Mamba kicks.
8:55 p.m. — So 259 playoff games, huh? That’s more than three full regular seasons. Seems a bit excessive. Let someone else have a chance, LeBron.
8:40 p.m. — With Goran Dragic still stuck on the sideline, the Heat are going with the same starting five as Game 4.
NBA Finals schedule 2020
(All times Eastern)
|Sept. 30||Game 1||9 p.m.||ABC|
|Oct. 2||Game 2||9 p.m.||ABC|
|Oct. 4||Game 3||7:30 p.m.||ABC|
|Oct. 6||Game 4||9 p.m.||ABC|
|Oct. 9||Game 5||9 p.m.||ABC|
|Oct. 11||Game 6*||7:30 p.m.||ABC|
|Oct. 13||Game 7*||9 p.m.||ABC|
* If necessary