Against the majority of rivals it would have been enough, but against these untamed Miami Heat clinging to Butler Erik Spoelstra, his coach, only used seven players, with the addition that Iguodala, very focused on defensive tasks, was left at zero.
But the rest of the team performed at a magnificent level, dominated the game and had advantages of up to 11 points into the last quarter (82-93).
The Lakers, without playing well, on a poor day for Howard and his second unit, especially Morris, Caruso and Rondo, arrived with many options and after drawing at 101 with two and a half minutes to go they even got ahead in the exchange between Butler and LeBron
with the last contribution of Anthony Davis who, with a rebound in attack and basket put the 108-107 on the scoreboard with only 21 seconds left.
That alone separated the Lakers from their 17th ring and LeBron James from the fourth. But once again Butler forced a foul from the Lakers defense and completed 12 of 12 from the free throw line and made it 108-109 on the scoreboard.
Green failed after, Morris also lost the ball after having captured the rebound in attack and Tyler Herro He put the final 108-111 that gave Miami the second victory of the final.
Duncan Robinson’s seven 3-pointers were another factor that led the Lakers defense to head. Adebayo did not have his best day and was often beaten by Anthony Davis, author of 28 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks.
But even so, the only center of the Heat also contributed 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Nunn, with 14 points, improved the Heat’s attack off the bench, and Herro and Crowder contributed their share.
In this way they balanced the duel, resolved by Butler. The final is still alive and the Lakers will have yet another chance to assert their advantage (3-2) in Game 6.