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L.A. Lakers vs Miami
When: 7:30 PM ET, Sunday, October 11, 2020
Where: AdventHealth Arena, Orlando, Florida

In order to force a Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Jimmy Butler had to give everything he had.

The Miami Heat star drove himself to exhaustion in finishing a 35-point, triple-double masterpiece, and it still nearly wasn't enough to beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 111-108 on Friday. Butler expects an even taller task as the Heat once again try to stave off elimination Sunday night at the NBA bubble near Orlando.

"I think it's going to be even harder for us next game," said Butler, who added 12 rebounds and 11 assists in his second triple-double in the past three games. "But I like our chances."

If not for a Danny Green miss on an uncontested 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds remaining Friday night, the Heat might not have this chance. The shot that would have put Los Angeles up by two clanked off the front of the rim, allowing Tyler Herro to make a pair of free throws at the other end to seal the result.

"You live with that," said Lakers star LeBron James, who had drawn in the bulk of the defense on the play after proving to be nearly unstoppable in the minutes prior. "It's one of the best shots that we could have got. ... Danny had a helluva look. It just didn't go down."

James and Butler went back-and-forth like heavyweight titans down the stretch of the contest, combining to score 15 of 19 points in the game's final three minutes. Butler had played nearly the entire contest -- all but 48 seconds -- while James finished with 40 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in playing 42 minutes.

"We were both just trying to ... will our team to a victory," James said.

"I left it all out on the floor along with my guys," Butler said. "And that's how we're gonna have to play from here on out."

The Heat are still holding out hope for reinforcements in the form of Goran Dragic, who has missed the past four games in the series with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. Miami used just seven players Friday night, with Duncan Robinson serving as Butler's No. 2 with 26 points on seven 3-pointers.

Meanwhile, the Lakers are keeping their fingers crossed with big man Anthony Davis, who was obviously hobbled by a foot injury toward the end of the Game 5 loss. Still, he finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds in 42 minutes.

"I'll be fine on Sunday," Davis said.

Los Angeles won the first two games of the best-of-seven series in addition to taking Game 4. The Lakers still haven't lost back-to-back games this postseason.

Friday's contest marked the first time the Heat have had to play facing elimination in the playoffs. Only one team has come back from 3-1 down to win the NBA Finals -- James' Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.

"This is the position that we're in, and we like it this way," Butler said. "And we've got two more to get."

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
L.A. Lakers 67-24 L1 34-13 26-6 3-3 64-21 10-3 48-13
Miami 58-35 W1 27-5 14-19 7-6 51-29 10-4 42-16
Last Meeting
L.A. Lakers Miami
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
10/9/20 MIA 111 LAL 108 108 41 46.3 111 35 45.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
L.A. Lakers L. James 40 71.4 4
Miami J. Butler 35 57.9 12
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
L.A. Lakers L. James 13 3 10
Miami J. Butler 12 5 7
Assists Player  
L.A. Lakers L. James 7
Miami J. Butler 11
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
L.A. Lakers L. James 2341 50.6 399
Miami J. Butler 1679 46.8 622
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
L.A. Lakers A. Davis 802 200 602
Miami B. Adebayo 973 233 740
Assists Player  
L.A. Lakers L. James 895
Miami J. Butler 493
Quickchart Matchup
L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers Off vs  Miami Miami Defense
L.A. Lakers Off vs Miami - Points For 113.4 Points For
L.A. Lakers Off vs Miami - Points Against 108.9 Points Against
L.A. Lakers - FG% 48.1 FG%
Miami - FG% 44.9 FG%
L.A. Lakers - Reb 45.4 Reb
Miami - Reb 42.5 Reb
Miami Miami Off vs  L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers Defense
Miami Off vs L.A. Lakers - Points For 111.8 Points For
Miami Off vs L.A. Lakers - Points Against 107.4 Points Against
Miami - FG% 46.6 FG%
L.A. Lakers - FG% 44.9 FG%
Miami - Reb 43.7 Reb
L.A. Lakers - Reb 41.1 Reb