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NBA Finals: Miami Heat keep their championship hopes alive with a close victory in Game 5

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After falling behind Los Angeles Lakers 3-1 after Game 4, Miami Heat have bounced back to sweep up a close 111-108 win to make it 3-2 in the 2020 NBA Finals Game 5 at the AdventHealth Arena.

Butler-Robinson duo counter LeBron’s mammoth score in NBA Finals Game 5

An unstoppable LeBron James was the top scorer of the night with 40 points including 13 rebounds and 7 assists as Lakers were eyeing to close the chapter for their championship run.

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However, Jimmy Butler and Duncan Robinson kept the hope alive for Miami Heat, who went shoulder to shoulder with Lakers to edge out a three-point leading victory at the end.

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Robinson secured 26 points with 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Butler, who scored 35 points with 11 rebounds and same no of assists and became the first player to score multiple 30+ triple-doubles in the Finals since LeBron back in 2015.

NBA Finals: Miami Heat keep their championship hopes alive with a close victory in Game 5 - THE SPORTS ROOM
Jimmy Butler secures another 30+ triple-double in the Finals. (Image Courtesy: NBA)

However, the Heat forward was involved in a tussle with Dwight Howard just seven minutes into the game and both of them picked up technical fouls.

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Jimmy Butler made one more play than me: LeBron James

In the post-match interview, LeBron James admitted that Butler had one more play than himself, even though he had a higher score.

“That’s the beauty of the game, being able to compete at the highest level. You take those opportunities and live in the moment,” LeBron said after the match.

You try to make plays for your team to be successful on both ends, and we were both just trying to do that and will our team to victory. He (Butler) was able to make one more play than I was able to make tonight and come away with the victory”, the Lakers stalwart added.

With the gap closed between the finalists, the 2020 NBA Finals now progresses into Game 6 on 12th October at the AdventHealth Arena.

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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