LeBron James cites the Game 4 possession that showed Anthony Davis’ defense at its best
Anthony Davis was dominant on both ends of the floor on Tuesday, as the Los Angeles Lakers emerged with a 102-96 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. For L.A. teammate LeBron James, however, what stood out for him the most was Davis’ defensive prowess which was on full display in Game 4.
James took notice of a particular play down the stretch, where Davis forced Heat rookie Tyler Herro to throw a high-arching layup just to be able to avoid a block:
Lakers’ LeBron James on Anthony Davis’s defensive length after Finals Game 4 win over Heat: “I mean, s—-, Did you see how high (Tyler) Herro threw that ball up? It went in, but he had to throw that thing up to the skyscrapers, right? The guy can do everything defensively.” pic.twitter.com/n0vNuYkyPG
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) October 7, 2020
Davis finished the contest with 22 points on 8-og-16 shooting, to go along with nine rebounds, four assists, a steal, and four blocked shots. He also had a huge block on Jimmy Butler towards the dying moments of the game, which turned out to be one of the biggest defensive plays of the contest. On the offensive end, AD knocked down a key triple in the final minute, which served as the dagger to clinch the game.
LeBron wasn’t bad himself, logging a game-high 28 points on 8-of-16 from the floor, with 12 boards, eight assists, and a steal. He did turn the ball over six times, though, so it wasn’t exactly an impeccable performance from The King on Tuesday.
Be that as it may, the utter dominance of L.A.’s dynamic duo was undeniable. They knew what was at stake in Game 4, and they had no intention of allowing the Heat to tie the series at 2-2. Game 5 is scheduled for Friday, with the Lakers faced with an opportunity to get their hands on the title.