…eep. But dig a little deeper. This was the only championship close-out loss in LeBron’s career, and he was outplayed in his own best game of the series, allowing Jimmy Butler a 35/12/11 triple-double on 19 shots with five steals. The six threes were g…
The reality is the Lakers played poorly, Davis got hurt and LeBron was the only player to keep the L.A. in the game.
Outside of LeBron, the Lakers shot a putrid 8 of 29 from deep, including 1 for 11 from the bench.
The Lakers were terrible on defense, missing rotations and losing shooters as Robinson, Herro and Nunn combined for 52 points on 11 of 20 three pointers for the only game in the series.
You also forget two 4-point plays and a 6-point possession for the Heat on a stupid flagrant foul, followed by an offensive rebound and a three pointer.
Finally, the refs bailed out Butler on his last drive to get the game winning free throws. He was under the basket, had no shot and just jumped backwards into a stationary Morris.
This is the typical reductive narrative by the media, so you're not alone in being wrong. If Green hit that wide open three pointer, the Lakers win the title and LeBron is toasted for having an all-time great game as he outdueled Butler.