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    NBA Finals: Miami Heat forces LA Lakers into Game 6

    MANILA, Philippines – Jimmy Butler’s another stellar triple-double performance gave the Heat a 111-108 victory over the LA Lakers and extended the NBA Finals series 3-2 on Saturday, October 10 (Manila Time) in Florida, USA.

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    Jimmy Butler recorded another triple-double and cut the series lead to 3-2. Photo credit: The Athletic


    With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Danny Green playing well, the Lakers have a huge chance of winning a game.

    Game 5 finally opened and the Lakers shooting guards found their rhythm early. Not only were Cladwell-Pope and Green were on a groove, LA’s dynamic duo, LeBron James and Anthony Davis were also in attack mode as they started the opening quarter.

    The Miami Heat were in deep trouble until Duncan Robinson and Jimmy Butler erupted early from the rainbow territory.

    LeBron sat out with 4 minutes remaining on the opening clock so the Heat took advantage of it and posted a 25-24 lead.

    LA felt Anthony Davis’ absence at the beginning of the 2nd quarter after “The Brow” re-aggravated his right heel contusion at the end of the first. Heat’s lead had gone to 9 without Davis on the floor.

    Davis checked back in but Miami fought back harder led byJimmy Butler and Kendrick Nunn to repel the Lakers’ counter attacks.

    Miami had an 11-point lead but because of Lebron James’ resiliency and 21 first half points, the Lakers cut it to 60-56 at the end of the 2nd period.

    As the 3rd quarter unfolded, the toe-to-toe scoring duel between James and Butler continued with both players nearing the 30-point mark.

    Both squads were terrific at the three point area but it was the Miami Heat who had the slight 88-82 advantage heading to the ultimate quarter.

    The outside shooting spree of Miami and LA carried on in the fourth, the Heat maintained their lead as Jay Crowder and Duncan Robinson both hit 4-point plays.

    The Lakers finally re-grabbed the lead after trailing the heat for 3 quarters with LeBron James orchestrating the plays and located his shooters for open baskets.

    It was a seesaw battle at the final 2 minutes of the game, just a point separated the teams in the last possession but it was the Miami Heat which prevailed 111-108 and forced the series into Game 6 on Monday (PH Time).

    — Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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