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Metta World Peace explains why 2020 NBA Finals is ‘toughest’ ever

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The Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat had another tight skirmish in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night. The result didn’t get settled until the final minute of the contest, with both teams refusing to budge.

In the end, it was the Purple and Gold who eked out the hard-earned victory, 102-96, to take a 3-1 series edge.

If there’s one guy who knows how it feels to play in a close contest, it’s Metta World Peace. He took to Twitter to applaud the Lakers and the Heat, noting that the said matchup is the toughest finals in the history of any sport — considering the unprecedented circumstances brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Metta added it’s one of the greatest NBA Finals series he’s ever seen.

Game 4 was a nip-and-tuck affair for the Lakers and the Heat. They were just separated by an average of 2.7 points in each of the four quarters and no team held a double-digit lead throughout the contest.

MWP helped the Lakers win the 2010 NBA championship in just his first year with the squad, memorably hitting the title-sealing 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter against arch-rivals Boston Celtics in Game 7. He averaged 10.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 steal in the series while battling the likes of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace.

The 40-year-old World Peace will also forever be remembered for his tough-as-nails physicality and straitjacketing defense. He was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2004.

He also praised Lakers coach Frank Vogel for using Dwight Howard as a starter. MWP said the eight-time NBA All-Star big man has gone through a lot since his first stint with the Purple and Gold.