NBA: Lakers take 3-1 series lead against Warriors while Heat are also on the verge of final

Lakers are on the verge of reaching the Western Conference standings while Heat are also on the similar boat

(Basketball news) The Los Angeles Lakers prevailed over the Golden State Warriors in game 4 as they beat them 104-101. For the Lakers, LeBron James scored 27 points and Anthony Davis had 23 points and 15 rebounds as Lonnie Walker scored all of his 15 points in a sensational fourth quarter as he helped his side overcome a deficit.

For the Warriors, Curry had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists in his 13th career triple-double as Gary Payton II scored a season-high 15 points in his first start of the season while Klay Thompson had his second straight quiet game in Los Angeles, scoring nine points in 41 minutes as Andrew Wiggins added 17 points. LA’s defence was the key to success as they had the chance to seal the series at the Chase Centre in San Francisco in game 5.

“(It’s) the greatest feeling you could ever imagine,” Walker said with a smile. “As a kid, this is something I’ve been dreaming of.”

“I’m a scorer mentality first,” Walker said. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in myself. I know what I’m capable of, and after a lot of sacrifice and a lot of time in the gym, the fruition finally came today.”

“We don’t win this game tonight without Lonnie Walker, that’s for sure,” James said. “As hard as this game was, it’s going to be even harder. We understand that. We know that.”

“It feels like what it is: (a) 3-1 (deficit). You go home, take care of business, get a win, and the momentum is right back in your favor,” coach Steve Kerr said. “That’s all it is. … The Lakers did a great job of holding serve here, so now we’ve got to go back and get a win at home and flip the momentum.”

The Miami Heat are on the verge of reaching the Eastern Conference finals as they beat the New York Knicks 109-104 in game 4. For the Heat, Jimmy Butler had 27 points and 10 assists, Bam Adebayo finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds as Max Strus scored 16 points, Kyle Lowry added 15 and Caleb Martin had 10 points. For the Knicks, Jalen Brunson finished with 32 points and 11 assists while RJ Barrett had 24 points and Julius Randle scored 20 points. The Miami Heat team was about 3 minutes from getting eliminated in the play-in tournament and is now one win from the NBA’s final four.

“It was great that we were able to hold home court,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “But we know we have a task in New York.”

“We’ve got a job to do,” Butler said, “and I think we’re very capable.”

“You’ve got to win four to win a series,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “So, all we’re thinking about is win the next game. Go quarter by quarter. Win the first quarter, win the second quarter, win the third, win the fourth. And then the next day we’ll think about the next day.”

“They got to offensive rebounds, to loose balls, they’ve got some tough guys that get respect,” Barrett said. “I give them credit. They’re working hard. They’ve got guys falling every possession, they’re getting calls, they’re getting rebounds. They’re playing hard. We played hard as well.”

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