NBA Finals Game 5: Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers
As we all know, the NBA Finals has a completely different atmosphere for both fans and players during these times. Although it is very different, the teams competing in this year's NBA Finals make for a great matchup.
With Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers leading the series 3-2, the Miami Heat still have the chance to come back and force a game seven in three days time.
Jimmy Butler went toe-to-toe against Lebron in the final five minutes of the game. He led the Heat scoring 35 points in game five and even dropped another triple-double, following his performance in game four. At the end of the game, Butler came in clutch with two crucial free throws to get them the win.
Lebron James led the team with 40 points and 7 assists. James showed solid confidence from the three-point line dropping six of his nine threes in the net. Tyler Herro did not have his greatest performance of the series, having only scored 12 points along with three assists. Although he did not play that well in game five, Herro has displayed great tenacity this season with the Heat and will hopefully pull through for them in this series.
Though this season has been drastically different for both teams, it is certain that they are both playing with a strong motive and inspiration on their backs. The death of Kobe Bryant back in January is and forever will be on the hearts of these players during this year's Finals. Despite who wins, there is a shared feeling of passion and love for the game as well as one of the greatest players in NBA history, Kobe Bryant, which makes this years finale all the better.
Game six will be airing on ABC Sunday at 6:30 p.m.