Lakers turned the ball over with under five seconds left in regulation to lose Game 5 to the Heat
Los Angeles- The Lakers could not close out the Miami Heat,as the Heat extends the series with a 111-108 victory.
The Lakers started game 5 slow and had to dig themselves out of a small lead that the Heat built. In the second quarter, LA had to hold their breathe, as Anthony Davis went down with an apparent leg injury. Davis shook it off and finished the quarter with 13 points. LeBron James took it upon himself to keep the Lakers within striking distance with his superb shooting from behind the arc. James went 3 out of 4 from behind the arc. The Lakers erased a double digit lead and went on a 12-6 run to cut the Heats' lead to a four point lead at the end of the break, 60-56.
Davis, James, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were hitting three pointers to keep the game close in the second half. The Lakers had no answer to stop Jimmy Butler. Butler was torching the Lakers all around the court. He was going after loose balls, getting his teammates involved, and was scoring at will. Collectively the Lakers were shooting around 50% from the field. The Lakers went on a 10-5 run to take the lead with under five minutes left in the game. Davis scored on a put back layup with .21 seconds left to go up one over the Heat. Butler hit two crucial free throws with .16.1 seconds to put the Heat up one, 109-108. The Lakers turned the ball over and the Heat escape with a 111-108.