Oct. 6 (UPI) -- LeBron James and Anthony Davis led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 102-96 win over the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night, moving one victory away from the franchise's first championship in a decade.
Davis, who finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, knocked down a key 3-pointer with 39.5 seconds remaining and James finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to push the Lakers to a 3-1 series lead. Los Angeles can win the title when the series resumes Friday night.
"Felt like a Finals game," James said. "Felt like both teams were desperate ... and that's what it's all about. ... The job is not done."
Jimmy Butler, who had a 40-point triple-double in the Heat's Game 3 win, notched 22 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and three steals for Miami. Tyler Herro tallied 21 points, Duncan Robinson scored 17 and Bam Adebayo -- who missed Games 2 and 3 because of a neck strain -- finished with 15 points and seven boards.
This is the 36th time in league history that a team has held a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. Of the previous 35 instances, the team with the advantage has gone on to win the championship 34 times.