NBA Finals: Lakers hits back to beat Heat and take 3-1 lead

LeBron James scored just eight points and committed five turnovers in the first half but was much better in the second, finishing with 28 points as Los Angeles Lakers beat Miami Heat 102-96.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, pulls a rebound away from Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo and forward Kelly Olynyk during the second half in Game 4 of NBA Finals on Tuesday.   -  AP

LeBron James overcame sluggish start and Anthony Davis made a key three-pointer and block late on as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat 102-96 on Tuesday to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.

Coming off a win in its last meeting, the Heat played with confidence early on as Jimmy Butler went 5-5 from the field, including a jump shot at the buzzer that cut the Lakers' lead to 27-22 at the end of the first quarter.

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The Miami defense frustrated the Lakers in a back-and-forth second quarter and the Heat went into the break down two points after rookie Tyler Herro's put-back jumper went in just before halftime.

James scored just eight points and committed five turnovers in the first half but was much better in the second, finishing with 28 points including a driving layup where he was fouled after the Heat tied the game 83-83 with 6:22 left to play.

With less than a minute left, Davis hit a long three-pointer to push the advantage to nine and blocked a Butler layup attempt to seal the win and put the Lakers one victory away from its first championship since 2010.

Game Five is on Friday.

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