The Los Angeles Lakers victory over the Golden State Warriors, which put the defending NBA champions on the verge of being eliminated from the playoffs, was led by the incredible hero performance of Lonnie Walker.
LAKERS’ LOONIE WALKER
The Lakers pulled off a thrilling 104-101 victory thanks to Walker’s 15 points scored in the final period.
Thanks to this victory, they now hold a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Following a victory by a score of 109-101 over the New York Knicks, the Miami Heat have taken a commanding 3-1 lead in their series.
Jimmy Butler led the way for Miami with 27 points and ten assists, and the eighth seeds have a chance to win the series if they are victorious in New York on Thursday (00:30 BST). Miami had five players score in double digits for the game.
The Golden State Warriors entered the final period of their game in Los Angeles leading by a score of 84-77, with Stephen Curry again playing a pivotal role.
But when Walker, a 24-year-old player suffering a string of injuries since joining the Lakers on a one-year contract a year ago, entered the game, it took a different turn. Walker has had trouble establishing himself since joining the Lakers.
After the Lakers finished the game by outscoring their opponents by 27-17, Walker was swarmed by LeBron James and the rest of the team as the buzzer sounded.
James, who led his team in scoring 27 points, stated that he had cautioned Walker before the game to be prepared to contribute somehow.
“Lonnie, you stay ready. That’s what I’ve been telling you,” I’ve been telling him. James remarked that we will require your assistance at some point in the future.
“For someone as young as he is, to have that level of professionalism, to come out and stay ready when his number was called… Without Lonnie Walker tonight, there is no way for us to win this game. That much is certain.
The Warriors, led on Monday by Curry’s 31 points, ten rebounds, and 14 assists, need a win to keep the series alive. The Lakers will carry a 3-1 series lead to San Francisco for game five on Thursday (03:00 BST), while the Warriors will need a victory to keep the series alive.
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has been cleared of any wrongdoing following the incident that occurred on Sunday involving the owner of the Phoenix Suns. Mat Ishbia.
During the game, the ball was accidentally kicked out of bounds and found its way into Ishbia’s hands, seated in the front row. Ishbia was holding onto the ball while Jokic was trying to get it back, and when it finally came loose, the Serb pushed Ishbia with the outside of his forearm, which caused the 43-year-old to fall back into his seat.
Jokic has assessed a technical foul for conduct detrimental to the sport and issued a fine of $25,000 (£19,818) by the National Basketball Association “for making improper conduct with a spectator sitting courtside.”
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