N.B.A. Finals Game 5 Live Score and Tracker


The Los Angeles Lakers are one win away from a championship in their N.B.A. finals series against the Miami Heat.

A win would give the Lakers a record-tying 17th championship, but the Heat have shown their resilience and, especially in Jimmy Butler’s case, their relentlessness in the face of daunting odds. But the Lakers’ LeBron James, who is going for his fourth ring, and Anthony Davis, who is going for his first, are motivated to end the series tonight.

Miami took an 88-82 lead into the final period thanks in part to the four-point plays converted by Jae Crowder and Robinson. And Butler needs just one rebound for another triple-double. He has 27 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds to lead the Heat. LeBron James (28) and Anthony Davis (22) have combined for 50 of the Lakers’ 82 points.

Jimmy Butler is torching the Lakers.

If the 171st game staged in the N.B.A. bubble turns out to be the last game at Walt Disney World, at least it is, rather fittingly a good one.

Miami’s Jimmy Butler continues to hold his own in a one-on-one duel with the Lakers’ LeBron James. Somehow Butler is also making a run at approaching the remarkable levels he hit in the Heat’s Game 3 victory — which few expected him to repeat.

Butler had 40 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in that triple-double Game 3 masterpiece. Butler had 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists by halftime this Game 5 and recorded perhaps his toughest bucket of the series with 6:41 to play in the third quarter, when he followed a missed 3-pointer by Jae Crowder with a rugged rebound basket.

The Lakers’ Dwight Howard, who scuffled with Butler along the baseline in the first quarter, was whistled for committing a flagrant 1 foul on the play; Howard’s right arm connected hard with Butler’s head as Butler made the layup.

Butler made the free throw to increase his total to 27 points. He then grabbed an offensive rebound on the ensuing possession — which Miami retained after the free throw — to set up Duncan Robinson for a 3-pointer and a 76-70 Miami lead.

Also making an impact: Jae Crowder. Every time the Lakers get on the doorstep of tying or taking the lead, the Heat punch back. Crowder just converted a 4-point play to put the Heat up 5 with 3:01 left in the third.

Only half-kidding: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for M.V.P.?

The second half began with a Mike Breen-sized bang: Miami and Los Angeles exchanged a flurry of 3-pointers. And appropriately enough, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 70. But Jimmy Butler responded with an and-one on the other end, while getting whacked on the head by Dwight Howard, whom he tangled with earlier in the game. It was ruled a flagrant 1 foul. Butler hit the free throw, then assisted on a Duncan Robinson 3 for a six-point swing, putting the Heat back up by 6.

The Heat raced out to an 11-point lead in the second quarter, but the Lakers recovered and Miami entered halftime clinging to a 60-56 lead. Jimmy Butler led Miami with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, including a 3-pointer with one second left in the half. He made all 7 of his throws, which was more than the entire Lakers team took combined.

Miami got a much-needed boost off the bench from Kendrick Nunn, who scored 11 points. The Heat only played two players off the bench, the other being Andre Iguodala.

As for the Lakers, they were led by — who else? — LeBron James, who scored 21 points on 11 shots, and was key in keeping the Heat from running away in the first half. Anthony Davis shook off his foot injury and entered halftime with 13 points and 7 rebounds.

Both teams are shooting well from the field — the Heat at 47.8 percent and the Lakers at 56.1 percent. The difference was in free throws (11-6 in favor of Miami) and in offensive rebounding, where the Heat had 6, while the Lakers just had 2.

LeBron is keeping the Lakers in the game.

James has 21 points and is 9 of 11 from the field with 2:03 left in the first half. He’s also 3 of 4 from 3-point range, while the rest of the Lakers are just 2 of 8.

For Miami, Jimmy Butler is leading with 17 points on 6 of 8 shooting from the field. Also notable: Duncan Robinson (10 points) and Kendrick Nunn (11 points).

1st Quarter: The Heat lead, and the Lakers have an injury scare.

One win away from the 17th championship in franchise history, the Lakers were immediately confronted by a scare when Anthony Davis sustained an injury to his right foot while challenging for a rebound late in the opening quarter.

Davis has a habit of getting shaken up and finding a way to play through it, which has to give the Lakers some comfort. But Davis looked to be in distress, clutching at his right foot, and that situation — more than an early 25-24 deficit — is surely the Lakers’ immediate concern.

The good news for the Lakers: As quiet as the AdventHealth Arena fell after Davis went down and then hobbled to the Lakers’ bench, he did not leave the court to go to the locker room.

Davis led the Lakers with 8 points in the opening quarter and opened the second quarter on the bench — but still with his teammates rather than seeking treatment from the team’s medical staff out of view.

The Lakers said Davis re-aggravated a heel contusion that has bothered him at various points in these playoffs, but Davis is expected to return.

In: Lakers ‘Mamba’ jerseys. Out: Goran Dragic.

The Lakers will be wearing their ‘Mamba’ jerseys, a black version with a snakeskin pattern in honor of the former franchise great Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in January.

If the Los Angeles Lakers beat Miami in the finals, LeBron James and Danny Green can join John Salley and Robert Horry on the short list of players to win championships with three franchises.

James is also bidding to become the first player to win an N.B.A. finals Most Valuable Player Award with three teams.



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