The Miami Heat earned a hard-fought 115-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals in what was a must-win situation.
Despite missing Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic for the second straight night, the Heat controlled the game from start to finish thanks to a triple-double from Jimmy Butler.
Butler scored 40 points to go with 13 assists and 11 rebounds while five other Heat reached double figures in scoring.
Andre Iguodala contributed 17 minutes off the bench which amounted to two points, three assists and a rebound. Solomon Hill played just four minutes but knocked down a big 3-pointer with 51 seconds left in the second quarter to extend Miami’s lead to 56-51.
The Lakers were out of sorts all night, highlighted by their 19 turnovers including nine in the first seven minutes. LeBron James led Los Angeles with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Improbably, the Heat can tie the series at two games even with a Game 4 victory. Tip-off is set for Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. PT on ABC.
What they’re saying about Arizona’s guys on social media
This Pass by Andre Iguodala is pure magic. Heat by 11 late in the 3rd— Davide Chinellato (@dchinellato) October 5, 2020
Questa invenzione di Iguodala è magia pura. Heat a +11 nel finale di terzo quarto #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/K8zB6O9XXI
Solomon Hill's hustle gets an offensive board and a loose-ball foul there. Always appreciate hustle.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 5, 2020
Solomon Hill looks EXACTLY like a Solomon Hill. He’s definitely the frontman for a 70’s band— FOST (@GeorgeFoster72) October 5, 2020
Heat possession: “3 by Solomon Hill is good”— DAYONELIFESTYLE (@Day1Lifestyle) October 5, 2020
Lakers possession “JR Smith 3 is good”
Game 3 of finals I’m hearing that right.. right?